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Developing optimism to improve performance: an approach for the manufacturing sector

Kenneth W. Green Jr (Assistant Professor of Management, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, USA)
Bobby Medlin (Associate Professor of Management, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, USA)
Dwayne Whitten (Visiting Assistant Professor of Information Systems, Information Systems Department, Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 1 February 2004

Abstract

An organizational optimism model is developed and tested. The constructs of optimism subculture and goal setting process are investigated as antecedents to the level of employee optimism and individual and organizational performance are investigated as direct and indirect consequences of the level of employee optimism. Data relating to the constructs were collected from 133 manufacturers and subjected to structural equation modeling analysis. The proposed model fits the data well. Results indicate that managers may improve individual and organizational performance by raising levels of employee optimism and that levels of optimism may be raised through development of an optimism subculture and implementation of a goal setting process.

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Green, K.W., Medlin, B. and Whitten, D. (2004), "Developing optimism to improve performance: an approach for the manufacturing sector", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 104 No. 2, pp. 106-114. https://doi.org/10.1108/02635570410522071

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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