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Understanding the emotional aspects of escalation of commitment: The role of negative affect

Authors Wong, Ellick Kin Fai View this author's profile
Yik, Michelle View this author's profile
Kwong, Jessica Y.Y.
Issue Date 2006
Source Journal of applied psychology , v. 91, (2), 2006, MAR, p. 282-297
Summary Despite the importance of understanding the emotional aspects of organizational decision making, prior research has paid scant attention to the role of emotion in escalation of commitment. This article attempts to fill this gap by examining the relationship between negative affect and escalation of commitment. Results showed that regardless of whether negative affect was measured as a dispositional trait (Neuroticism) in Studies 1 and 2 or as a transient mood state in Study 3, it was negatively correlated with escalation tendency when one was personally responsible for a prior decision. This pattern of results is consistent with the predictions derived from the coping perspective, suggesting that people seek to escape from the unpleasant emotions that are associated with escalation situations.
ISSN 0021-9010
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