Journal of Business and Psychology

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 221-240

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Linking Work Events, Affective States, and Attitudes: An Empirical Study of Managers' Emotions

  • Karim MignonacAffiliated withLIRHE, Université des Sciences Sociales
  • , Olivier HerrbachAffiliated withLIRHE, Université des Sciences Sociales

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The aim of the paper is to contribute to knowledge on the causes and consequences of affective states at work by identifying several job-related events likely to produce affective states and then studying the impact of the latter on work attitudes. Affective Events Theory was the theoretical framework used for the study and two main hypotheses were stated: experiencing certain work events leads to affective reactions, which in turn influence work attitudes. An empirical study based on 203 questionnaires was performed on a sample of French managers. The results support both research hypotheses, although the impact of affective states on work attitudes appeared larger than the impact of work events on affective states. The mediating effect of affective events with respect to the impact of work events was also tested, but only partially supported.

affective states at work Affective Events Theory work attitudes