The relentless pursuit of perfectionism: A review of perfectionism in the workplace and an agenda for future research

Anna Carmella G. Ocampo, Lu Wang, Kohyar Kiazad, Simon Lloyd D. Restubog, Neal M. Ashkanasy

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Abstract

The pursuit of perfectionism resonates with many individuals across workplaces resulting in a recent flurry of research on the topic. Although extant research has examined the costs and benefits of perfectionism at work, these efforts are scattered across multiple disciplines and utilize varying conceptualizations. As a result, we lack a coherent understanding of how perfectionism influences work behavior. To address this issue, we integrate the nascent but fragmented perfectionism at work literature, including both empirical findings and theoretical perspectives. We introduce and discuss a future research agenda that addresses not only the need to broaden understanding of perfectionism's antecedents, processes, and boundary conditions but also its multilevel applications and methodological limitations. Our review will enable organizational scholars to develop a deeper understanding of how perfectionism renders its influence in the workplace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-168
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020

Keywords

  • integrative review
  • multilevel
  • perfectionism
  • work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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