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Achievement, Affiliation and Cognitive Dissonance

An employee is repeatedly asked to work late when her children are waiting for her attention. Her desire for career advancement and her desire to spend quality time in parenting are incompatible in this job. In terms of achievement, affiliation, and cognitive dissonance, describe what you believe is motivating this individual and what will likely be the outcome of her dilemma.

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1. An employee is repeatedly asked to work late when her children are waiting for her attention. Her desire for career advancement and her desire to spend quality time in parenting are incompatible in this job. In terms of achievement, affiliation, and cognitive dissonance, describe what you believe is motivating this individual and what will likely be the outcome of her dilemma.

Let's get some definitions out of the way first.

1) Cognitive dissonance

Cognitive dissonance is a psychological phenomenon, which refers to the discomfort felt at a discrepancy between what you already know or believe, and new information or interpretation. It therefore occurs when there is a need to accommodate new ideas, and it may be necessary for it to develop so that we become "open" to them. ...

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An employee is repeatedly asked to work late when her children are waiting for her attention. Her desire for career advancement and her desire to spend quality time in parenting are incompatible in this job. In terms of achievement, affiliation, and cognitive dissonance, this solution describes what might be motivating this individual and the likely outcome of her dilemma.

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