Appraisals, goal orientations, and emotions while working

Cynthia Fisher, Amirali Minbashian, Robert E. Wood, Nadin Beckmann

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Drawing on appraisal theories of emotion, we hypothesize and test relationships between four appraisals of the immediate task situation and four concurrent emotions in an experience sampling study. The moderating effects of dispositional goal orientations on appraisal-emotion relationships are also explored. Appraisals of task importance, demand, performance, and confidence predict discrete emotions as expected. Goal orientations predict average emotional experience across people. Within-person, goal orientations moderate relationships between task importance and concurrent emotions. Those low on learning, high on prove, or high on avoid goal orientation become more stressed and sad and less happy more rapidly as task importance rises.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWest meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, and Transcending
EditorsM-J Chen
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAcademy of Management
Number of pages40
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventAnnual Meeting of the Academy of Management : West meets East: Enlightening, balancing, transcending - San Antonio, TX, USA, San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: 12 Aug 201116 Aug 2011
Conference number: 71st


ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the Academy of Management
Abbreviated titleAOM 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX
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