Reflections on the looking glass: A review of research on feedback-seeking behavior organizations

Susan J. Ashford, Ruth Blatt, Don VandeWalle

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Abstract

This paper presents and organizes the results of two decades of research on feedback-seeking behavior according to three motives: the instrumental motive to achieve a goal, the ego-based motive to protect one's ego, and the image-based motive to enhance and protect one's image in an organization. Each motive is discussed with reference to its impact on the frequency of feedback seeking, seeking method (whether by inquiry or monitoring), timing of feedback seeking, choice of the target of feedback seeking, and the topic on which feedback is sought. The role of context in influencing these patterns is also discussed. Issues in the literature are identified throughout, and the review ends by identifying five promising areas for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)773-799
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Management
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes

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