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Basic Appl Soc Psych. 2013;35(5):467-476.

Aligning Task Control with Desire for Control: Implications for Performance.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


The current study examined whether matches between task control and participants' desire for control over their environment lead to better task performance than mismatches. Work control and desire for control were manipulated, and participants engaged in timed tasks. As predicted, performance was higher in cases of match, even when task control and desire for control were low. Task control and desire for control may predict work performance in combination, highlighting the importance of Person-Environment Fit theory for both selection and work design. By manipulating desire for control, our research also explores the potentially state-dependent quality of this individual difference variable.


Demand-Control; Person-Environment Fit; control; desire for control; performance

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