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Attribution Theory 1 Running head: Attribution Theory: A Mental Image Attribution Theory: A Mental Image Team V: Denise Seals Paul Thomas Teresa Willis Susan Wilson LeTourneau University In partial fulfillment of the requirements for MBAC 6153OL Dr. Scott Ray January 24, 2010
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Attribution Theory 2 Abstract Perception is a mental image and a power tool on how a person can be judged or how a person can judge the outcome of a situation. Although a person will make a perception to judge a person or an outcome, will their assumption be correct? The Attribution Theory is one way to further examine how people are judged based on perception and how people judge themselves in a particular situation. Although there is no right or wrong attribution, the primary goal of the attribution theory is to teach a person to thoroughly explore the environment and process the most plausible outcome. .
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Attribution Theory 3 Running head: Attribution Theory: The Choice is Yours “An important assumption of attribution theory is that people will interpret their environment in such a way as to maintain a positive self-image .” (Bempechat, 1999) The attribution theory includes situations which may be positive or negative depending on a person perception of the situation. Typically a person likes to succeed in any venture he/she takes. They will attribute their success on their own ability or some external factor such as “good luck”. On the other hand, if a person fails, they will attribute their failure on an external force in which they had no control over, such as another person’s actions or “bad luck”. This paper will explore the attribution theory in more detail, outlining a clear explanation of the theory, examples and implications of the attribution theory for human resource development (HDR) professionals and change agents. Attribution Theory Interworking The attribution theory is a theory which explores how individuals explain their value in an organization based on how their actions affect other events. This theory is a social psychology theory that was created by Fritz Heider, Harold Kelley, Edward E Jones, and Lee Ross. The theory bases the actions of an individual based on internal factors, involving an individual’s perception of a situation and external factors which include things in the external environment that control events. The way this theory works is a person measures their current and future successes in a situation to see if the individual considers themselves a failure and whether or not they will succeed in the future at the same event. One factor of this theory is a measure of a person’s self esteem and shows how that self esteem can have an impact on how that person sees the future in regards to their actions. This theory also looks at whether or not a person can control the causes for
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Attribution Theory 4 the outcome of a given situation. If the person succeeds at an event, the individual may have a sense of pride. If the person fails, they may feel responsibility for the failure and
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