oa South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences - The stimulation of an internal locus of control in employees in a manufacturing industry
|Article Title||The stimulation of an internal locus of control in employees in a manufacturing industry|
|© Publisher:||University of Pretoria|
|Journal||South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences|
|Affiliations||1 Programme in Industrial and Personnel Psychology, Potchefstroom University for CHE|
|Publication Date||Sep 1999|
|Pages||476 - 491|
|Keyword(s)||Attribution theory, Competency training, Coping strategies, External control, External support, Internal control, J 24, JEL, Locus of control, Manufacturing, Manufacturing industry, Organization structures, Performance, Personnel, Psychological optimality, Social learning theory, Training programmes and Work environments|
ISI Social Science
South African society is characterised by rapid change as a result of various forces. This results in feelings of frustration, helplessness and uncertainty in employees, which affects their work performance. Helplessness, frustration and uncertainty are directly related to an external locus of control, whereas an internal locus of control is related to autonomy, a sense of responsibility and job performance. A two-group design was used to determine the impact of a training programme aimed at the stimulation of an internal locus of control on employees within manufacturing industry. The training programme contributed to increasing the internal locus of control and psychological optimality of participants, whereas their need for external support decreased and they started to act more autonomously.
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