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Better late than early? Reviewing procrastination in organizations

Better late than early? Reviewing procrastination in organizations Procrastination is regularly presented as a behavior to avoid, but this paper argues that individuals who strategically engage in procrastination may experience unique performance benefits that non-procrastinators do not. The purpose of this paper is to present a balanced framework from which procrastination, beginning with a review of the procrastination performance literature and historical stance on the behavior, can be understood.Design/methodology/approachThis paper presents and reviews the use of procrastination in organizations.FindingsOur findings indicate that while procrastination can be dysfunctional, it can prove to be strategically valuable. To summarize, this paper recommends a holistic conceptualization of procrastination that refrains from value judgment and calls for rethinking the stigma associated with the behavior.Originality/valueThis paper highlights both the theoretical and practical importance of exploring the benefits of procrastination in an organizational context. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Management Research Review Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2040-8269
DOI
10.1108/mrr-09-2019-0413
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Abstract

Procrastination is regularly presented as a behavior to avoid, but this paper argues that individuals who strategically engage in procrastination may experience unique performance benefits that non-procrastinators do not. The purpose of this paper is to present a balanced framework from which procrastination, beginning with a review of the procrastination performance literature and historical stance on the behavior, can be understood.Design/methodology/approachThis paper presents and reviews the use of procrastination in organizations.FindingsOur findings indicate that while procrastination can be dysfunctional, it can prove to be strategically valuable. To summarize, this paper recommends a holistic conceptualization of procrastination that refrains from value judgment and calls for rethinking the stigma associated with the behavior.Originality/valueThis paper highlights both the theoretical and practical importance of exploring the benefits of procrastination in an organizational context.

Journal

Management Research ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 30, 2020

Keywords: Review; Organizational behavior; Individual differences; Organizational psychology; Procrastination; Work style

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