What Causes Our Successes and Failures?

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In a new Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies podcast, Mark J. Martinko of Florida State University discusses his article “Fuzzy Attribution Styles,” published in the February 2012 issue of JLOS and co-authored by Arthur D. Martinez of Illinois State University and Gerald R. Ferris of Florida State University. Click here to listen to the podcast, here to subscribe on iTunes and here to read the article, in which the authors argue that fuzzy attributions—in other words, uncertainty about the cause of one’s success or failure—can affect self-efficacy, political skill, career satisfaction and more.

Dr. Mark Martinko
Florida State University

Mark J. Martinko (Ph.D.) is the Bank of America Professor of Management at Florida State University and teaches in the areas of leadership, organizational behavior, philosophy of science, and attribution theory. His research focuses on attribution theory which he has applied to the areas of motivation, leadership, impression management, whistle-blowing, emotions, organizational deviance, abusive supervision, and entitlement resulting in publications in tier one journals including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Performance, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management, and Leadership Quarterly. He has an extensive record of professional service including: Associate Editor: Journal of Organizational Behavior; past or present member of five editorial boards; Division Chair: Managerial and Organization Cognition Division, Academy of Management; Dean of Fellows (Southern Management Association); past president of Southern Management Association; and past president of Allied Southern Business Association.

Ken Thompson, Ph.D.

Ken Thompson, Ph.D., is professor and the former chair of management at DePaul University, where he has been on staff since 1986. He has co-authored four books, contributed to six others, and has been published in a number of journals including the Academy of Management Executive, Organizational Dynamics, Journal of Social Psychology, Human Relations, and the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies where he is senior editor. Ken is a member of the National Academy of Management. Most recently, he was chair of the Management Education and Development Division and served on the governance board of the Organizational Behavior Division. Ken has also been active in various local and regional positions, including president and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Academy of Management.

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