Peer responses to low performers: An attributional model of helping in the context of groups

Jeffrey A. Lepine, Linn Van Dyne

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We propose that low performer characteristics (cognitive ability, conscientiousness, and job experience) influence peer attributions for low performer behavior (locus of causality, controllability, and stability) and that these attributions influence the form of helping intended to benefit the group (compensating, training, motivating, and rejecting the low performer). Our model complements organizational citizenship behavior research by suggesting a new set of helping antecedents and extends applications of attributional theory by focusing on peer attributions of coworkers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-84
Number of pages18
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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