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Towards a new model of grit within a cognitive-affective framework of self-regulation

Alacia Armstrong, Elma van der Lingen, Riaan Lourens, Jeff Y-J. Chen
South African Journal of Business Management | Vol 49, No 1 | a13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajbm.v49i1.13 | © 2018 Elma Van Der Lingen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 March 2018 | Published: 29 March 2018

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Alacia Armstrong, Department of Engineering and Technology Management, Graduate School of Technology Management, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Elma van der Lingen, Department of Engineering and Technology Management, Graduate School of Technology Management, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Riaan Lourens, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Jeff Y-J. Chen, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Grit – passion and perseverance for long-term goals – has been empirically shown to be a positive predictor of success across multiple contexts. The current study developed a new framework of grit within a framework of self-regulatory behaviours. Here, a qualitative approach was assumed to obtain interview data from chief innovation officers and chief information officers within technologically intensive industries. Empirical evidence was used to inductively determine the underlying cognitive-affective processing that influences gritty behaviour. Overall, six strategies were identified: temporal perspective, perpetual evaluation, motivational orientation, strength and resource gathering, system thinking and framing. Organisations may utilise the grit model developed here to enhance the grittiness of their innovation leaders by building effective cognitive-affective strategies.

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grit; self-regulatory; cognitive-affective; behaviour

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