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The influence of managerial optimism and self-regulation on learning and business growth expectations within an emerging economic context

Neill, Stern and Pathak, Raghuvar D. and Ribbens, Barbara A. and Noel, Terry W. and Singh, Gurmeet (2018) The influence of managerial optimism and self-regulation on learning and business growth expectations within an emerging economic context. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, TBC . TBC. ISSN 0217-4561

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Abstract

This paper examines psychological and behavioral mechanisms that underlie business growth expectations by examining how managerial optimism and self-regulatory focus influence learning behaviors. To empirically examine these relationships, the study situates in a resource-constrained business context by studying managers in two Pacific Island economies. Results indicate that a positive view toward gains encourages exploratory learning in unknown situations; whereas, a less optimistic disposition and avoidance are related to exploitative learning. This finding is consequential as managerial learning that leans toward development of new insights and possibilities is associated with greater business growth expectations versus learning that adheres to familiar and proven ideas and alternatives. The study results have implications for both practice and theory.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > Graduate School of Business
Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Management and Public Administration
Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2019 14:45
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2019 14:45
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/11315
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