We thank Vanessa Druskat (University of New Hampshire) and two anonymous reviewers for their assistance with an earlier version of this manuscript.
The Influence of Forward-Looking Antecedents, Uncertainty, and Anticipatory Emotions on Project Escalation*
Version of Record online: 25 NOV 2009
© 2009, The Author Journal compilation © 2009, Decision Sciences Institute
Volume 40, Issue 4, pages 759–782, November 2009
How to Cite
Harvey, P. and Victoravich, L. M. (2009), The Influence of Forward-Looking Antecedents, Uncertainty, and Anticipatory Emotions on Project Escalation. Decision Sciences, 40: 759–782. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5915.2009.00250.x
- Issue online: 25 NOV 2009
- Version of Record online: 25 NOV 2009
- [Received: July 2008. Accepted: June 2009.]
- Anticipatory Emotions;
- Completion Effect;
- and Escalation of Commitment
This study extends research on the escalation of commitment phenomenon by investigating decision makers' tendency to look forward to project completion and develop anticipatory perceptions and emotions concerning goal attainment. We examine the influence of two project-specific predictors of escalation (level of progress and presence of an alternative project) on perceived uncertainty and the extent to which anticipatory emotions (i.e., current affective reactions to possible future events) mediate the influence of uncertainty on levels of commitment to a failing project. Results indicated that level of progress and the presence of an alternative project affected uncertainty, which influenced anticipatory emotions. Lower levels of uncertainty and higher levels of positive anticipatory emotions increased the tendency to escalate commitment.