Managers' perception of the stability of workers' positive and negative behaviors

Aharon Bizman, Shaul Fox

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91 Israeli managers (25-45 yrs old) in industry, in civil service, and in the military sectors rated the stability of characteristic positive and negative worker behaviors. Rating questionnaires included 106 specific behavioral items, selected from evaluation forms used by Israeli organizations. Repeated positive behaviors were judged to be more stable than repeated negative ones, even when the two were simply opposites of the same act. Findings are discussed in light of (1) the suggestion that managers' perceptions are rooted in a valid perception of organizational reality, (2) F. Heider's (1958) naive action model, and (3) M. E. Gordon's (see PA, Vol 44:21682 and 47:11885) differential accuracy phenomenon. (14 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-43
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1984


  • stability of positive & negative worker behaviors, 25-45 yr old industrial & civil service & military managers, Israel


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