Emotions in and around performance: The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat

Cynthia Fisher

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Experience sampling studies have shown that mood and emotions at work vary considerably over short periods of time (Fisher & Noble, 2000). The search for potential causes of this fluctuation must focus on equally transient stimuli. Logical candidates to cause emotion fluctuations at work are appraisals related to what one is doing and to how well one is doing it at the moment. The next section considers main effects of task characteristics on emotions during task engagement. The subsequent section builds the case that perceived performance can be a potent contributor to emotions experienced at work and suggests the specific emotions most likely to occur as a consequence of performance. Following that, attention is given to anticipatory emotions in advance of performance events, and relived emotions well after performance events. Finally, I discuss work setting and individual difference features that may result in differential affective reactivity to perceived performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch companion to emotion in organizations
EditorsNeal M Ashkanasy, Cary L. Cooper
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781845426378
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameNew Horizons in Management series


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