Goal orientation effects on behavior and performance:evidence from international sales agents in the Middle East

Chakrabarti, Ronika and Barnes, Bradley and Berthon, Pierre and Pitt, Leyland and Monkhouse, Lien (2014) Goal orientation effects on behavior and performance:evidence from international sales agents in the Middle East. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25 (2). pp. 317-340. ISSN 0958-5192

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Abstract

The concept of goal orientations and their effects on workplace behavior has been traditionally examined in a domestic context and often within the same organization. This article addresses the shortage of empirical research in this area by exploring whether goal and achievement motivation theory holds in an international Middle Eastern context. Based on data from 225 international sales agents (ISAs) located in the UAE, our findings extend the extant literature by providing fresh insights into an interfirm and international context. Using structural equation modeling, the findings confirm 10 hypotheses, and we specifically discover that both positive and negative feedback lead to greater learning and performance orientation that in turn influence ISAs located in the Middle East to work harder and smarter, which ultimately leverages performance outcomes. Several managerial implications for HRM practice are extracted from the study and directions for future research are provided.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
The International Journal of Human Resource Management
Uncontrolled Keywords:
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ID Code:
65004
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Deposited On:
06 Jun 2013 15:43
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Yes
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Published
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01 Jul 2020 01:15