Escalation: The Determinants of Commitment to a Chosen Course of Action

  title={Escalation: The Determinants of Commitment to a Chosen Course of Action},
  author={B. Staw and Frederick V. Fox},
  journal={Human Relations},
  pages={431 - 450}
Previous research has shown that individuals are most likely to escalate the amount of resources committed to a course of action when they have been personally responsible for negative consequences. The present study examined the process of escalation over three points in time and under four experimental conditions. A 2 X 2 X 3 factorial experiment was conducted in which personal responsibility, efficacy of resources, and time were the independent variables, and commitment of resources to a… Expand
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