Title page for ETD etd-10032007-171530

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Lawrence, Harriet Vee
URN etd-10032007-171530
Title The effects of training in feedback on managers' attributional bias and perceived effectiveness of their work groups
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Adult and Continuing Education
Advisory Committee
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  • Attribution (Social psychology)
Date of Defense 1992-08-05
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Problematic situations involving managers and employees can be dysfunctional in the work setting. Resolution of these problems often requires giving feedback that is specific, empathic, and in a spirit of inquiry. This research tested the effects of a learning intervention designed to intercept attributional bias and untested inference through training in feedback. An experimental field study was conducted in a large municipal government to address manager-subordinate feedback. Pre and post test measures were used to answer three research questions: What are the effects of training in feedback on managers' (1) perceived effectiveness of their work groups, (2) attributional bias of their Least Effective Subordinate, and (3) use of feedback skills with employees.

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