Proactive behavior training: Theory, design, and future directions

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As organizations grow increasingly complex and unpredictable, the topic of proactivity at work has become of great importance for contemporary workplaces. Proactivity drives performance and innovation of teams and organizations and boosts individuals’ well-being and careers. When individuals are proactive, they use their initiative at work to bring about a better future. They scan for opportunities, persist until change is achieved, and take charge to prevent problems’ future reoccurrence.

In this book, leading scholars on proactivity from across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia explore how, why, and when individuals are motivated to initiate change within their organizations or themselves and examine the consequences of various forms of proactivity at work. Individual chapters explore specific concepts of proactivity, such as proactive voice, job crafting, and career proactivity, as well as highlight individual processes and organizational dynamics that underlie successful proactivity at work. By providing insights on key advances and future directions for proactivity theory, research, and practice, Proactivity at Work synthesizes what we already know and identifies what we still need to learn about making things happen at work. This book is relevant to all those involved or interested in Work Psychology and Business, including Human Resource Management scholars.
Translated title of the contributionTraining für proaktives Verhalten: Theory, Design und zukünftige Forschungsrichtungen
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProactivity at Work : Making Things Happen in Organizations
EditorsSharon K. Parker, Uta K. Bindl
Number of pages35
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group (GB)
Publication date01.12.2016
ISBN (Print)978-1-84872-564-5, 978-1-84872-563-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-79711-3
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2016