An attribution theory model of prescriptive actions by supervisors following subordinate poor performance

Donald Wayne Looft, Purdue University


This true experiment attempted to predictively link supervisors' attributions about the causes of subordinates' poor performance to subsequent prescriptive actions taken in response. One hundred sixty upperclass students portrayed supervisors who viewed poor performing subordinates via videotape and then selected responsive actions. Experimental design utilized t-tests, simple regression and stepwise multiple regression analyses. Significant predictability of Focus of action responses derived from Locus of cause beliefs was found. Significant effects of the Future Expected Value of subordinates as a modifier to the belief-action link were also found.




Hull, Purdue University.

Subject Area

Occupational psychology|Management|Business education

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