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Research Seminars


Steve Posavac
Vanderbilt - Owen
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 at 1:00PM | Room 216

The Angry Guy: Self-Regulation in the Face of Workplace Anger

Ray Friedman
Vanderbilt - Owen
Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 at 1:00PM | Room 216


This paper examines the ways in which people react emotionally to expressions
of anger by others during workplace conflicts, and the influence of those
emotional reactions on behavioral activation/inhibition and conflict styles. We
find that emotional reactions of fear are associated with behavioral inhibition
as well as conflict styles such as avoiding and obliging. We find that
reactions of hostility are associated with behavioral activation as well as
conflict styles such as dominating. We also look at two approaches to dampen
emotional responses to other's anger—enhancing conflict self-efficacy, and
shifting to cold rather than hot cognitive processing. We find that
self-efficacy eliminates emotional responses to other's anger, while hot
processing has no moderating effects. We assess the implications of these
findings for managing difficult people in the workplace.

Health Care Seminar - Fred Morgeson

Fred Morgeson
Michigan State University
Friday, Oct 30, 2015 at 1:00PM | Room TBA


Tae-Youn Park
Vanderbilt - Owen
Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015 at 1:00PM | Room 216


Jessica Kennedy
Vanderbilt - Owen
Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015 at 1:00PM | Room 216


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