This study provides meta-analytic estimates of the antecedents and consequences of feedback-seeking behavior (FSB). Clear support was found for the guiding cost/benefit framework in the feedback-seeking domain. Organizational tenure, job tenure, and age were negatively related to FSB. Learning and performance goal orientation, external feedback propensity, frequent positive feedback, high self-esteem, a transformational leadership style, and a high-quality relationship were positively associated with FSB. Challenging some of the dominant views in the feedback-seeking domain, the relationship between uncertainty and FSB was negative and the relationship between FSB and performance was small. Finally, inquiry and monitoring are not interchangeable feedback-seeking tactics. So FSB is best represented as an aggregate model instead of a latent model. In the discussion, gaps in the current FSB knowledge are identified and a research agenda for the future is put forward. Future research may benefit from (a) a systematic and integrative effort examining antecedents of both feedback-seeking strategies on the basis of a self-motives framework, (b) adopting a process perspective of feedback-seeking interactions, and (c) taking the iterative nature of feedback into account.
Feedback-seeking behavior, meta-analysis, proactive behavior, information-seeking
Human Resources Management | Organizational Behavior and Theory
Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources
Journal of Management
SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ANSEEL, Frederik; BEATTY, Adam S.; SHEN, Winny; LIEVENS, Filip; and SACKETT, Paul R..
How are we doing after 30 years? A meta-analytic review of the antecedents and outcomes of feedback-seeking behavior. (2015). Journal of Management. 41, (1), 318-348. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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