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Fuel of the self-starter: how mood relates to proactive goal regulation

Bindl, Uta K., Parker, Sharon K., Totterdell, Peter and Hagger-Johnson, Gareth (2012) Fuel of the self-starter: how mood relates to proactive goal regulation. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97 (1). pp. 134-150. ISSN 0021-9010

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Identification Number: 10.1037/a0024368


The authors consider how multiple dimensions of affect relate to individual proactivity. They conceptualized proactivity within a goal-regulatory framework that encompasses 4 elements: envisioning, planning, enacting, and reflecting. In a study of call center agents (N = 225), evidence supported the distinctiveness of the 4 elements of proactive goal regulation. Findings further indicated that high-activated positive mood was positively associated with all elements of proactive goal regulation, and low-activated negative mood was positively associated with envisioning proactivity. These findings were further supported in a longitudinal investigation of career-related proactivity amongst medical students (N = 250). The role of affective experience in proactivity is more nuanced than previously assumed.

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Additional Information: © 2012 APA
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2013 14:23
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 18:33

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