Consequences of individual feedback on behavior in organizations

Daniel R Ilgen, Cynthia D Fisher, M. Susan Taylor

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The literature on feedback to individuals was reviewed with respect to its effect on the behavior of individuals in performance-oriented organizations. Although contemporary views of individual behavior in organizations stress that feedback is necessary for effective role performance, little attention is given to the psy- chological processes affected by it. This review focuses upon the multidimen- sional nature of feedback as a stimulus and addresses the process by which feedback influences behavior. Emphasis is placed on those aspects of feedback that influence (a) the way it is perceived, (b) its acceptance by the recipient, and (c) the willingness of the recipient to respond to the feedback.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-371
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes


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