Why Does Affect Matter in Organizations?

Barsade, Sigal, & Gibson, Donald E. 2007.
Academy of Management Perspectives, Vol. 21, pp. 36-59.

Interest in and research about affect in organizations have expanded dramatically in recent years. This article reviews what we know about affect in organizations, focusing on how employees’ moods, emotions, and dispositional affect influence critical organizational outcomes such as job performance, decision making, creativity, turnover, prosocial behavior, teamwork, negotiation, and leadership. This review highlights pervasive and consistent effects, showing the importance of affect in shaping a wide variety of organizational behaviors, the knowledge of which is critical for both researchers and the people who work in the organizations researchers study.

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