Attribution Theory Applications in Organizations: Definition & Examples


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Which academic discipline developed attribution theory?

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1. Which is not one of the three steps in attributing behavior?

2. Which is not one of the factors we analyze in determining whether an observed behavior is caused by external or internal factors?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the three-step approach of the attribution theory in business. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the theory's development and its three steps.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The academic discipline responsible for developing the theory
  • The three steps of attributing behavior
  • The factors in determining whether a behavior is external or internal
  • The reasons why knowing if a behavior is external or internal is important
  • The primary reason attribution theory itself is important

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on applying attribution theory in businesses
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the importance of attribution theory and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how to attribute behavior

Additional Learning

To learn more about this theory, review the corresponding lesson on Applying Attribution Theory in Businesses. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain attribution theory
  • Explore the three-step process of attributing behavior
  • Differentiate between internal and external causes
  • Define the terms 'consistent' and 'distinctive' in terms of behavior
  • Understand what a consensus means in this context
  • Examine an example of applying attribution theory