Proactive Work Behavior: Forward-Thinking and Change-Oriented Action in Organizations

Uta Bindl, Sharon Parker

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This chapter conducts a review of proactive work behavior. We consider definitions and different types of proactivity in the first part of our review. We then propose an integrating framework of proactive behavior that includes antecedents, motivational processes, outcomes, and moderators. We discuss how proactive behavior is in part a function of individual attributes but is also influenced, shaped, and constrained by the work context (e.g., the degree of job autonomy provided). We conclude by offering future research directions. We focus primarily on individual-level proactivity, although we also briefly discuss research on team and organization-level proactivity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAPA Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Volume 2: Selecting and Developing Members for the Organization
EditorsSheldon Zedeck
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherAmerican Psychological Association
ISBN (Print)1433807270, 9781433808388
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameAPA Handbooks in Psychology


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