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Not Motivated to Act During Goal Pursuit: Powerlessness Blocks Motivation Transfer in Goal Systems

  • The current research investigates a motivational mechanism that contributes to the inferior goal striving and attainment of powerless individuals: the transfer of motivation from goals to means. We expected that this mechanism would work effectively only in powerful individuals. The results of an experiment and a field study confirmed our assumptions. The more motivated powerful people were to attain the goals, the more they engaged in self-determined action and, in turn, the more positively they experienced goal-related activities. No such relation was found for their powerless counterparts. Implications for power research and goal systems theory are discussed.

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Author:Anna Steidle, Christine Gockel, Lioba Werth
Parent Title (English):Basic and Applied Social Psychology
Publisher:Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Place of publication:Philadelphia
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2013
Release Date:2023/11/17
First Page:477
Last Page:486
Institutes:Fakult├Ąt 1: Management und Recht
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich gesch├╝tzt