The Affective Foundations of High-Reliability Organizing

Journal of Organizational Behavior 35(4): 592-596, 2014

Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management Research Paper No. 2425351

5 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2014 Last revised: 2 Sep 2014

See all articles by Timothy J. Vogus

Timothy J. Vogus

Vanderbilt University - Organizational Behavior

Naomi B. Rothman

Lehigh University

Kathleen M. Sutcliffe

University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business; Johns Hopkins University

Karl E. Weick

University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Date Written: April 15, 2014

Abstract

The factors that compel individuals to exert the extraordinary effort needed to create high reliability — consistent error-free performance under trying conditions — remain unspecified. Here, we propose that when individuals experience emotional ambivalence and prosocial motivation, it induces the broad thinking and other-orientation that undergird mindful organizing and high reliability.

Keywords: high reliability, mindful organizing, prosocial motivation, emotional ambivalence

Suggested Citation

Vogus, Timothy J. and Rothman, Naomi B. and Sutcliffe, Kathleen M. and Weick, Karl E., The Affective Foundations of High-Reliability Organizing (April 15, 2014). Journal of Organizational Behavior 35(4): 592-596, 2014; Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management Research Paper No. 2425351. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2425351

Timothy J. Vogus (Contact Author)

Vanderbilt University - Organizational Behavior ( email )

Nashville, TN 37203
United States

Naomi B. Rothman

Lehigh University ( email )

621 Taylor Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
United States

Kathleen M. Sutcliffe

University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business ( email )

701 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI MI 48109
United States

Johns Hopkins University ( email )

Karl E. Weick

University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business ( email )

701 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI MI 48109
United States

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