Title

Examination of Moderator and Mediator Effects In the Relationship Between Trait Goal Orientation, State Learning Goal Orientation, General Training Climate, and Employee Attitudes Toward Development

Date of Award

2004

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Vince Fortunato

Advisor Department

Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between trait and state goal orientation. It was hypothesized that general training climate would moderate the relationships between trait and state goal orientation, and that state learning goal orientation would mediate the relationships between trait goal orientation and important outcome variables. Results indicated that trait goal orientation and general training climate influence state learning goal orientation, that state learning goal orientation mediated the relationship between trait learning goal orientation and both satisfaction with developmental activities and intent to engage in developmental activities. General training climate did not moderate any of the relationships between trait and state goal orientation. These findings suggest theoretical goal orientation models must address ambiguous boundary conditions.