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date: 16 July 2020

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Contingent self-esteem, or the extent to which one’s self-esteem is contingent on success and failures in certain life domains, has major implications for an individual’s well-being and performance. To date, however, most research done on contingent self-esteem has been in nonorganizational contexts. The aim of this chapter is to introduce the contingent self-esteem construct to organizational audiences through a review of the extant social psychological literature on contingent self-esteem. Subsequently, applications to organizational research are covered, including validity concerns specific to organizational research. Finally, a review of the limited organizational contingent self-esteem research to date is provided, as well as areas for future organizational contingent self-esteem research.

Keywords: self-esteem, contingent self-esteem, performance contingent self-esteem, job performance, motivation

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