“My Bad!” How Internal Attribution and Ambiguity of Responsibility Affect Learning from Failure – Harvard Business School – 9 May 2014

Posted on May 12, 2014. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions |

“My Bad!” How Internal Attribution and Ambiguity of Responsibility Affect Learning from Failure – Harvard Business School – 9 May 2014

“Executive Summary — As scholars and practitioners have observed, failure clearly presents a valuable opportunity for learning in organizations. All too often, however, the opportunity is lost. Indeed, prior studies on the topic suggest that, perhaps ironically, such learning often fails to occur. In this paper the authors begin to uncover when and why individuals are more likely to learn from failed experiences. Specifically, they present evidence from three studies that support a conceptual model of learning from failure as operating through individuals’ internal attributions of failure, driven in part by low ambiguity of responsibility, that lead to increased learning effort and subsequent improvement. The paper thus makes theoretical advances and carries implications for managers.”

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