The effects of motivation and computer usage policies and procedures on task performance

Christoph Schneider, D. Veena Parboteeah, Joseph S Valacich

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Abstract

Self-regulation is the situation where an individual attempts to control or alter his/her behavior. Research in social psychology has demonstrated that the act of self-regulation during one task can lead to impaired performance on a subsequent, unrelated task, because individuals have limited cognitive resources. In situation where companies are trying to limit the effect of interruptions due to persistent conversation by establishing workplace policies and regulations, the employees' performance might be thus adversely affected. This state of fatigue which results from the depletion of cognitive resources is termed ego depletion. The current study analyzes the effects of self-regulating behavior and motivation on task performance in a simulated organizational setting. Consistent with the findings in social psychological research, the results of this experiment support an adverse effect of self-regulating behavior on task performance. Although the directions of the means suggest a moderating role of motivation, no statistical support was found. However, ego-depleted participants in the high-motivation condition did not display weaker performance than participants in the nondepleted conditions. The implications of these results on organizational computer use policy and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2006
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event14th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2006 - Goteborg, Sweden
Duration: Jun 12 2006Jun 14 2006

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Other14th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2006
CountrySweden
CityGoteborg
Period6/12/066/14/06

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Keywords

  • Motivation
  • Self-regulation
  • Task performance
  • Workplace policies and regulations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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Schneider, C., Parboteeah, D. V., & Valacich, J. S. (2006). The effects of motivation and computer usage policies and procedures on task performance. In Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2006

The effects of motivation and computer usage policies and procedures on task performance. / Schneider, Christoph; Parboteeah, D. Veena; Valacich, Joseph S.

Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2006. 2006.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Schneider, C, Parboteeah, DV & Valacich, JS 2006, The effects of motivation and computer usage policies and procedures on task performance. in Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2006. 14th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2006, Goteborg, Sweden, 6/12/06.
Schneider C, Parboteeah DV, Valacich JS. The effects of motivation and computer usage policies and procedures on task performance. In Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2006. 2006
Schneider, Christoph ; Parboteeah, D. Veena ; Valacich, Joseph S. / The effects of motivation and computer usage policies and procedures on task performance. Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2006. 2006.
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