The affective foundations of high-reliability organizing

Timothy J. Vogus, Naomi B. Rothman, Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, Karl E. Weick

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The factors that compel individuals to exert the extraordinary effort needed to create high reliability-consistent error-free performance under trying conditions-remain unspecified. Here, we propose that when individuals experience emotional ambivalence and prosocial motivation, it induces the broad thinking and other-orientation that undergird mindful organizing and high reliability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)592-596
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Emotional ambivalence
  • High reliability
  • Mindful organizing
  • Prosocial motivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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