Organizational Policy Decisions as a Function of Individual Differences and Task Design: Maintenance Tasks.
AKRON UNIV OHIO DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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Study of simulated maintenance tasks completed under two psychologically manipulated experimental conditions. In the high job structural attribute condition, subjects were told that the task was high in learning new skills, responsibility, feedback, and task identity and in the low job structural attribute condition, they were told the task was low on these dimensions. All subjects completed physically identical experimental tasks. The results indicated the strong effect of expectancy upon task performance. Post-experimental job descriptions indicated that a highly significant manipulation of task dimensions was achieved. No significant difference in quantity or quality of performance or level of satisfaction was found across experimental conditions. General mental ability was positively related to quantity of performance in both high and low conditions.
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