The hot and cool of death awareness at work: Mortality cues, aging, and self-protective and prosocial motivations

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

Although death awareness is pervasive in organizations and can have powerful effects on employees' experiences and behaviors, scholars have paid little attention to it. We develop a theoretical model of the nature, antecedents, and consequences of death awareness at work. We differentiate death anxiety and reflection as distinct states that strengthen self-protective versus prosocial motivations, examine how mortality cues and aging processes trigger these states, and explore their impact on withdrawal and generative behaviors. © 2009 Academy of Management Review.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Grant, AM; Wade-Benzoni, KA

Published Date

  • January 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 600 - 622

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0363-7425

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5465/AMR.2009.44882929

Citation Source

  • Scopus