Embedding mindsets in context: theoretical considerations and opportunities for studying fixed-growth lay theories in the workplace

Rattan, A and Ozgumus, E (2021) Embedding mindsets in context: theoretical considerations and opportunities for studying fixed-growth lay theories in the workplace. Research in Organizational Behavior. ISSN 0191-3085 (In Press)

Abstract

The goal of the current manuscript is to embed the theory of mindsets about malleability in workplace contexts. We first define fixed-growth mindsets and the methods that have to date been used to study them. We then briefly review the domains in which mindsets have been documented to shape outcomes meaningfully, linking each to exciting research questions that we hope will soon be studied in workplace contexts. We also highlight some of the fascinating, new questions scholars can study by considering how mindsets might shape outcomes across a diversity of workplaces (e.g., the workforce of low wage and vulnerable populations). We further propose that studying mindsets in workplace contexts can develop mindset theory. We first ask whether workplace contexts provide opportunities to test for moderation on mindset expression. Second, we see opportunity for studying moderation of mindset processes – evaluating whether the psychological processes through which mindsets shape outcomes may differ based on contextual factors that vary across workplaces. We argue that investigating these possibilities will advance both the theory of mindsets about malleability and the study of human flourishing in the workplace. We invite scholars to join us in this endeavour.

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Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Organisational Behaviour
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© 2021 Elsevier. This manuscript version is made available under the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence https://creativecommons.org/by-nc-nd/4.0

Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2020 11:19
Date of first compliant deposit: 10 Dec 2020
Subjects: N > Nature of work
A > Attitudes
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2021 15:43
URI: https://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/1586
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