The importance of velocity, or why speed may matter more than distance

Johnson, Russell E., Howe, Michael and Chang, Chu-Hsiang (Daisy) 2013, The importance of velocity, or why speed may matter more than distance, Organizational psychology review, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 62-85, doi: 10.1177/2041386612463836.

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Title The importance of velocity, or why speed may matter more than distance
Author(s) Johnson, Russell E.
Howe, Michael
Chang, Chu-Hsiang (Daisy)
Journal name Organizational psychology review
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Start page 62
End page 85
Total pages 24
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2013-02-01
ISSN 2041-3866
Keyword(s) velocity
progress rate
person-environment fit
Summary Theory and research on self-regulation emphasizes the importance of goals for guiding humanbehavior. Critical phenomena within the self-regulation literature are discrepancies between actualstates and goal states. When such discrepancies are detected, they capture attention and effort ismobilized to move actual states closer to goal states (or in some cases align the latter with theformer). While discrepancy feedback, or the distance between actual and goal states, is important,so too is velocity feedback, or the rate at which actual–goal discrepancies are decreasing. Unfortunately,research has mostly ignored the role played by velocity in the self-regulation process. Toredress this limitation, we review the concept of velocity, the empirical studies that have examinedthis concept, and how velocity is commonly measured. We then discuss the role of velocity as itpertains to three self-regulatory functions at work: achieving performance goals, satisfying belongingneeds, and satisfying esteem needs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/2041386612463836
Field of Research 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Socio Economic Objective 910402 Management
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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