Competence motivation in the workplace

Activity: Talk and presentationProfessional or public presentationProfessional


How workers define, experience, and respond to competence-relevant situations that they encounter in the workplace is for an important part determined by their achievement goals. Workers’ achievement goals may be directed either to the positive, appetitive possibility of competence or to the negative, aversive possibility of incompetence. Furthermore, workers who pursue performance goals focus on comparisons with others whereas workers with mastery goals rely on comparisons with their own previous performances. During the past three decades, the achievement goal approach to competence motivation has emerged as an influential area of research, and is dedicated to understanding the reasons behind the individual’s drive to achieve competence and performance. However, the findings have been inconclusive due to divergence in achievement domain, achievement goal measures, and the characteristics of the studies, tasks, and samples. Hence, in this talk, I will present the state of the art on research on achievement goals at the workplace and beyond, discuss how to broaden and deepen our understanding of job performance from an achievement goal perspective, and indicate how the current knowledge on achievement goals can be effectively applied in the workplace.Reference:Van Yperen, N.W. (2017). Competence and the Workplace. In: Elliot, A.J., Dweck, C.S., & Yeager, D.S. (Eds.). Handbook of Competence and Motivation (2nd Edition): Theory and Application (pp. 635-654). New York: Guilford Press.
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