A Self-Motives Perspective on Feedback-Seeking Behavior: Linking Organizational Behavior and Social Psychology Research

26 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2007

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Frederik Anseel

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of Personnel Management, Work and Organizational Psychology

Filip Lievens

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of Personnel Management, Work and Organizational Psychology

Paul E. Levy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Both the feedback-seeking literature in management and the self-motives domain in social psychology have focused on how motives affect the way in which people acquire information for self-evaluation purposes. Despite apparent conceptual similarities, the implications of research in these domains have not been fully integrated. This paper aims to link research on feedback-seeking behavior to recent theoretical developments in social psychology. First, the current perspective in management on feedback-seeking motives is depicted. Second, a well-established framework of self-motives in social psychology is introduced. Third, similarities and differences between these two motivational perspectives are discussed and a first step towards integration is proposed. Fourth, it is demonstrated how a self-motives perspective might guide future research on six key issues. Self-motives might be useful in identifying new antecedents of feedback-seeking behavior, resolving inconsistencies in the feedback-seeking literature, understanding the interplay among feedback-seeking motives, integrating feedback-seeking and feedback reactions research, examining attitudinal outcomes of feedback-seeking motives, and enhancing the feed-back performance relationship.

Suggested Citation

Anseel, Frederik and Lievens, Filip and Levy, Paul E., A Self-Motives Perspective on Feedback-Seeking Behavior: Linking Organizational Behavior and Social Psychology Research. International Journal of Management Reviews, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 211-236, September 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1008982 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2370.2007.00210.x

Frederik Anseel (Contact Author)

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of Personnel Management, Work and Organizational Psychology ( email )

Ghent
Belgium

Filip Lievens

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of Personnel Management, Work and Organizational Psychology ( email )

B-9000 Ghent
Belgium

Paul E. Levy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

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