Beyond Internal and External: A Dyadic Theory of Relational Attributions
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Attribution theory argues that people assess the locus of causality of achievement relevant events as either internal or external. Given the frequency of interpersonal interactions in organizations, we posit that a third category—relational attributions— may be used. Drawing on relational perspectives, we lay the conceptual foundation and develop a dyadic theory of relational attributions, proposing their antecedents and linking them to relationship-focused behaviors, which influence the quality of interpersonal links within organizations.
Eberly, M.B., Holley, E.C., Johnson, M.D. & Mitchell, T.R. (2011). Beyond internal and external: A dyadic theory of relational attributions. Academic Management Review 36(4), 731-753. DOI: 10.5465/amr.2009.0371
Academy of Management Review