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Revista de Psicología del Trabajo y de las Organizaciones

versión impresa ISSN 1576-5962


ARENAS MORENO, Alicia; TABERNERO URBIETA, Carmen  y  BRIONES PEREZ, Elena. What Determines job Performance in Decision Making by Men and Women?. Rev. psicol. trab. organ. [online]. 2011, vol.27, n.1, pp.55-66. ISSN 1576-5962.

This study attempts to analyse the effect of gender on performance in a complex decision-making task. Performance in achievement tasks is linked to self-regulatory processes such as self-efficacy, self-set goals, and task commitment, determined by dispositional factors such as goal orientation or, as recently discovered, error orientation. Specifically, we try to compare self-regulation processes and dispositional factors of male and female university students in a complex task that simulates innovation and change implementation in a fictitious organization. Results show that women display a clear tendency to communicate errors and they are less worried about proving their own competence in front of others. Women, however, feel less able to cope with difficulties, are more distressed, and choose easier goals for their performance, which leads them ultimately to achieve worse performance.

Palabras clave : gender; decision making; goal orientation; error orientation; self-regulatory-processes; performance.

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