The Theory of Attribution In Organizational Behavior: Definition and Three Determinants


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How people interpret events and, in their minds, relate them to the way they think or behave is called _____.

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1. Two people speak to a poorly performing football team. The first is the coach. He yells and uses profanity. The second is the owner. She calmly lays out consequences if the losing continues. Attribution theory would say the coach and owner have _____.

2. Which term describes the cause of Joe's behavior when he arrives at work in an unusually foul mood because of traffic delays on the way in?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These quiz and worksheet tools are designed to help you identify and review key topics regarding attribution theory and its components. Key topics to know for the quiz include the term for causes of behavior outside of a person, and the term for when a person behaves the same way in different situations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz and worksheet combo you will be tested on the following:

  • Term for when a person behaves the same way in an identical situation
  • Term for when other people in the same situation would act the same way
  • Theory that explains how people interpret events and relate them to the way they think

Skills Practiced

In this assessment, you will also practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding causes of behavior according to attribution theory and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the three aspects that help us understand other people's actions
  • Making connections - take the information garnered from the lesson to determine how people's behavior in certain situations is categorized

Additional Learning

To learn more about attribution theory, refer to the lesson on The Theory of Attribution In Organizational Behavior: Definition and Three Determinants. The lesson will help you:

  • Learn about attribution theory
  • Identify the different causes of behavior
  • Know the three determinants of attribution theory