The attenuating effect of role overload on relationships linking self-efficacy and goal level to work performance. Academic Article uri icon


  • The reported research examines the moderating effects of role overload on the antecedents and consequences of self-efficacy and personal goal level in a longitudinal study conducted in an industrial selling context. The results indicate that role overload moderates the antecedent effect of perceived organizational resources on self-efficacy beliefs. They also show that role overload moderates the direct effects of both self-efficacy and goal level on performance, such that these relationships are positive when role overload is low but not significant when role overload is high. Further, the results reveal a pattern of moderated mediation, in which goal level mediates the indirect effect of self-efficacy on performance when role overload is low but not when it is high. Implications for theory and managerial practice are discussed.

published proceedings

  • J Appl Psychol

author list (cited authors)

  • Brown, S. P., Jones, E., & Leigh, T. W.

citation count

  • 135

complete list of authors

  • Brown, Steven P||Jones, Eli||Leigh, Thomas W

publication date

  • September 2005