Suppose you, Jake, Latasha, and Nick are working on a group project for your Introduction to Management class. Jake, Latasha, and Nick always have their parts of the project ready on the internal due dates agreed on by the team. However, as always, you make up excuses why your contribution is not done on time. One day, Jake got fed up and said, “Why can’t you get your work done on time? This happened last semester when we worked on a project together in Accounting class. You always find time to write on your blog and post on Facebook. Why can’t you get your act together when it comes to class projects?”
Once again, you are late with your part of the group project. Your failure to finish your section on time reflects .
However, your being behind schedule is not surprising. Your pattern of being late with contributions to class projects indicates .
Jake made the observation that you don’t seem to have trouble making timely contributions to your blog or on Facebook. This shows when it comes to writing your part of the group assignment.
Imagine that you are the supervisor for your client team. In your role as team supervisor, you try to follow a Theory Y management style. You want to provide constructive feedback to improve employee performance when appropriate, but you also want to develop a trusting, positive culture. You use your knowledge of attribution theory to determine when to reward or punish behavior and when to talk with employees about making changes in their behavior.