The effects of goal orientation on goal pursuit

Anirban Som, Chris Dubelaar, Rafi Chowdhury

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Abstract

The existing literature on goal orientation suggests that focusing on goal commitment (vs. goal progress) is generally more beneficial for goal attainment. This research extends the goal orientation literature by identifying situations where goal progress (vs. goal commitment) is relatively more beneficial for goal attainment. Results from two experiments indicate that individuals subject to a goal progress manipulation, compared to those subject to a goal commitment manipulation, will show higher levels of interest to engage in goal incongruent activities when the goal being pursued is abstract or when the goal being pursued is in the initial stages of completion. However, individuals subject to a goal commitment manipulation, compared to those subject to a goal progress manipulation, will show higher levels of interest to engage in goal incongruent activities when the goal being pursued is concrete or when the goal being pursued is in the final stages of completion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-332
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Business Research
Volume104
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

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