Threat of resource loss: The role of self-regulation in adaptive task performance.

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Niessen C, Jimmieson N
Journal: The Journal of Applied Psychology
Publication year: 2015
Volume: 101
Pages range: 450
ISSN: 1939-1854


Abstract


Changes at work are often accompanied with the threat of, or actual, resource loss. Through an experiment, we investigated the detrimental effect of the threat of resource loss on adaptive task performance. Self-regulation (i.e., task focus and emotion control) was hypothesized to buffer the negative relationship between the threat of resource loss and adaptive task performance. Adaptation was conceptualized as relearning after a change in task execution rules. Threat of resource loss was manipulated for 100 participants undertaking an air traffic control task. Using discontinuous growth curve modeling, 2 kinds of adaptation-transition adaptation and reacquisition adaptation-were differentiated. The results showed that individuals who experienced the threat of resource loss had a stronger drop in performance (less transition adaptation) and a subsequent slower recovery (less reacquisition adaptation) compared with the control group who experienced no threat. Emotion control (but not task focus) moderated the relationship between the threat of resource loss and transition adaptation. In this respect, individuals who felt threatened but regulated their emotions performed better immediately after the task change (but not later on) compared with those individuals who felt threatened and did not regulate their emotions as well. However, later on, relearning (reacquisition adaptation) under the threat of resource loss was facilitated when individuals concentrated on the task at hand. (PsycINFO Database Record



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Niessen, Cornelia Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Psychologie im Arbeitsleben


Research Fields

Adaptive human behavior in the context of changes at work
Lehrstuhl für Psychologie im Arbeitsleben


How to cite

APA:
Niessen, C., & Jimmieson, N. (2015). Threat of resource loss: The role of self-regulation in adaptive task performance. The Journal of Applied Psychology, 101, 450. https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/apl0000049

MLA:
Niessen, Cornelia, and N.L. Jimmieson. "Threat of resource loss: The role of self-regulation in adaptive task performance." The Journal of Applied Psychology 101 (2015): 450.

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