Title page for ETD etd-05122014-162848

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Arun, Nikita
Author's Email Address narun528@vt.edu
URN etd-05122014-162848
Title Testing the Generality of Regulatory Fit with Goal Orientation in the Performance Feedback Context
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Neil Hauenstein Committee Chair
Danny Axsom Committee Member
Roseanne Foti Committee Member
  • Regulatory fit
  • goal orientation
  • feedback utilization
  • performance management
Date of Defense 2014-04-30
Availability unrestricted
Regulatory fit (Higgins 2000) has, thus far, only been tested using regulatory focus theory (Cesario, Higgins, & Scholer, 2008); this study contributes to the current literature by testing the generality of the fit principle using goal orientation. I will test the effect of fit on corrective feedback utilization. I predict that experiencing regulatory fit between goal orientation and goal pursuit strategies will lead to: 1) higher behavioral utilization of feedback, and 2) feedback recall. Self-monitoring will be included as an exploratory variable to assess whether level of self-monitoring will affect the aforementioned outcomes. Results indicated that individuals experiencing regulatory fit between goal orientation and feedback framing exhibited greater variety and frequency of feedback recommended behaviors overall. No fit effects were found for feedback recall. Self-monitoring was not impacted by goal orientation or feedback framing.
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