Moser, Klaus ORCID: 0000-0001-6523-9096, Wolff, Hans-Georg and Soucek, Roman (2020). Process Accountability as a De-Escalation Technique How Time Moderates the Dual Role of Information Search. J. Pers. Psychol, 19 (2). S. 63 - 75. GOTTINGEN: HOGREFE & HUBER PUBLISHERS. ISSN 2190-5150

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Abstract

Escalation of commitment occurs when a course of action is continued despite repeated drawbacks (e.g., maintaining an employment relationship despite severe performance problems). We analyze process accountability (PA) as a de-escalation technique that helps to discontinue a failing course of action and show how time moderates both the behavioral and cognitive processes involved: (1) Because sound decisions should be based on (hopefully unbiased) information search, which requires time to gather, the effect of PA on de-escalation increases over time. (2) Because continuing information search creates behavioral commitment, the debiasing effect of PA on information search diminishes over time. (3) Consistent with the tunnel vision notion, the effects of less biased information search on de-escalation decrease over time.

Item Type: Journal Article
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Moser, KlausUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0001-6523-9096UNSPECIFIED
Wolff, Hans-GeorgUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Soucek, RomanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-337875
DOI: 10.1027/1866-5888/a000245
Journal or Publication Title: J. Pers. Psychol
Volume: 19
Number: 2
Page Range: S. 63 - 75
Date: 2020
Publisher: HOGREFE & HUBER PUBLISHERS
Place of Publication: GOTTINGEN
ISSN: 2190-5150
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
KeywordsLanguage
FACTORS AFFECTING ENTRAPMENT; SELECTIVE EXPOSURE; COMMITMENT; FAILURE; BIASMultiple languages
Psychology, AppliedMultiple languages
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/33787

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