November 12, 2008

Managers' implicit assumptions about personnel

Someone, whose research I find interesting is Peter Heslin. In the article Managers' implicit assumptions about personnel, for instance, he applies Carol Dweck's growth mindset idea to management. The article explains how a growth-mindset intervention can lead managers to relinquish their fixed mindset and subsequently provide more accurate performance appraisals and helpful employee coaching. Interestingly, at the end of the article, he mentions some questions for further research among which this question: "Finally, research could usefully explore potential downsides of an extreme growth mindset, such as continued fervent investment by managers in developing poor-performing employees who show virtually no discernible performance improvement over time."


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