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Decision-making in a dynamic task: effects of goal orientation on stocks and flows performance

Feifei Yang (Faculty of Education, Asia Europe Business School, Faculty of Economics and Management, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China)
Jiaqi Huang (Asia Europe Business School, Faculty of Economics and Management, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China)
Xiao Feng (Asia Europe Business School, Faculty of Economics and Management, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China)
Miles M. Yang (Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)

Chinese Management Studies

ISSN: 1750-614X

Article publication date: 28 January 2020

Issue publication date: 18 June 2020

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate the effects of goal orientation on understanding the dynamics of stocks and flows (SF).

Design/methodology/approach

The authors use the well-established department store task as the experimental task to evaluate people’s understanding of SF and implement a survey to assess different goal orientation levels. Ordinary least square is used to test the effects of goal orientations on the SF performance.

Findings

The findings suggest that learning goal orientation is positively associated with SF performance. However, prove and avoid performance goal orientation are unrelated to SF performance.

Originality/value

The study has important theoretical and practical contributions. From a theoretical perspective, the authors examine the impact of goal orientation in dynamic decision-making to advance the knowledge on the role of goal orientation. Practically, the research demonstrates that learning-goal-oriented people perform better in stock and flow tasks, suggesting that goal orientation is an important trait for recruiting organizational members whose work involves SF decision-making tasks.

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Acknowledgements

The first-named author’s contribution to this work was sponsored by Peak Discipline Construction Project of Education at East China Normal University, Shanghai Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science (2019EGL009) and Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (2018ECNU-HWFW017). This study was funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 71790593, and 71832004).

Citation

Yang, F., Huang, J., Feng, X. and Yang, M.M. (2020), "Decision-making in a dynamic task: effects of goal orientation on stocks and flows performance", Chinese Management Studies, Vol. 14 No. 3, pp. 695-713. https://doi.org/10.1108/CMS-03-2019-0086

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