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Grit at work

Southwick, DA; Tsay, C-J; Duckworth, AL; (2021) Grit at work. Research in Organizational Behavior , 39 , Article 100126. 10.1016/j.riob.2020.100126. Green open access

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Abstract

Grit—the tendency to pursue especially long-term goals with both passion and perseverance—has been shown to predict high achievement in a range of individual performance domains. We make a case for introducing the concept of grit to the organizational behavior literature. To begin, we elaborate the conceptual foundations of grit, highlighting ways in which grit differs from related traits and situating grit in the broader literature on goal pursuit. We then discuss three organizational antecedents—leadership, culture, and job design—that can encourage grit at work. Next, we discuss how and under what circumstances encouraging grit can improve workplace outcomes such as employee retention, work engagement, and job performance. We conclude with suggestions for future research at the intersection of psychology and organizational behavior.

Type: Article
Title: Grit at work
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.riob.2020.100126
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.riob.2020.100126
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Grit, Performance, Motivation, Individual differences
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > UCL School of Management
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10137757
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