טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentNoga Prat
SubjectAnger and Promotion Opportunities in Organizations
DepartmentDepartment of Industrial Engineering and Management
Supervisor Full Professor Rafaeli Anat


Abstract

This series of studies examines the role of two emotions (anger and guilt ) in influencing promotion decisions  The studies build on a theoretical framework that relates anger and guilt to responsibility attribution. The studies use the vignette methodology: In short stories a case of organizational failure involving two employees is described and participants were asked to report who of the employees described will be promoted to a higher-ranking position. Systematic changes of the scenarios allowed for testing of multiple research hypotheses.

The data confirmed that individuals feeling anger were perceived as more likely to receive a promotion than individuals who felt personal guilt about the same failure. Anger feelings had a stronger effect on perceived promotion opportunities when they was associated with employees in a senior position as compared to a more junior position. The promotion chances of a female employee feeling anger were found to be identical to those of female employee feeling guilt, suggesting a sex difference wherein anger expression does not relate to the promotion probability of female employees. But when anger was associated with a female managers the dynamics were similar to those observed with a male manager, wherein expressions of anger were perceived as improving promotion opportunities.