Attribution theory in the organizational sciences: the road traveled and the path ahead

Harvey, Paul, Madison, Kristen, Martinko, Mark, Crook, T. Russell and Crook, Tamara A. (2014) Attribution theory in the organizational sciences: the road traveled and the path ahead. Academy of Management Perspectives, 28 2: 128-146. doi:10.5465/amp.2012.0175

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Author Harvey, Paul
Madison, Kristen
Martinko, Mark
Crook, T. Russell
Crook, Tamara A.
Title Attribution theory in the organizational sciences: the road traveled and the path ahead
Journal name Academy of Management Perspectives   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1558-9080
1943-4529
Publication date 2014-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5465/amp.2012.0175
Volume 28
Issue 2
Start page 128
End page 146
Total pages 19
Place of publication Briarcliff Manor, NY, United States
Publisher Academy of Management
Language eng
Abstract Individuals make attributions when they infer causes about particular outcomes. Several narrative reviews of attributional research have concluded that attributions matter in the workplace, but note that attribution theory has been underutilized in organizational research. To examine the predictive power of attributions in organizational contexts, we present a meta-analysis of existing attribution theory research. Our findings suggest that attributions have consistently demonstrated effect sizes that are comparable to more commonly utilized predictor variables of workplace outcomes. Expanding on these findings, we argue that attributions are an integral part of individuals' cognitive processes that are associated with critical organizational outcomes. We conclude with suggestions to help expand and optimize the contribution of attributional research to understanding and managing organizational outcomes.
Keyword Self-Efficacy
Psychological Entitlement
Impression Management
Workplace Aggression
Causal Attribution
Decision-Making
Job-Performance
Metaanalysis
Model
Behavior
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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