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Her findings include demonstrating that individuals with high positive illusions are more motivated in the workplace than those with lwer positive illusions. She also finds that individuals with relatively higher levels of positive illusions enjoy greater career success and produce a higher level of performance than do individuals with lower levels of positive illusions. This research contributes to the organizational literature by developing a positive self-assessment model as well as demonstrating its association with increased motivation and career success.

Luca also identifies career expectations as a useful arena in which to measure positive illusions.

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We seek to introduce the notion of positive illusions to the consumer literature, extend the measure of positive illusions to consumption behavior, and consider consumer theory implications of the positive illusions construct. Future expectations are framed according to " at graduation" and "ultimately. The sample consists of 85 Romanian executive MBA students. The data collection occurred at an institution located in Bucharest. Luca develops a survey instrument incorporating several sub-scales.

Luca provides eleven business scenarios describing a mix of positive and negative situations.

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Twenty-two questions are created by asking the participants to appraise the likelihood of each of the eleven business scenarios occurring to themselves, and to their peers. That is, each scenario was presented twice; once in the context of self-likelihood assessment and once in the context of evaluating the likelihood a peer would experience that situation. The questions are asked in a random order.

After reverse scoring for negative vs. The eleven difference scores are then combined to form an overall level of positive illusions. Current housing and expected housing, at graduation and ultimately, data are collected by asking for a description of the type of houses currently owned and expected to be owned at graduation and ultimately. Just as in the U.

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Hence, data are also collected on the "district " of the current and expected housing. Finally, expectations of vacationing behaviors, in frequency and in ocation, are collected. These descriptions are coded with knowledge of Romanian and European brands, housing preferences, and vacation preferences. Scaled categories of consumption for each category with scores ranging from 1 lowest, worst, least valued to 5 highest, best, most valued are developed.

Multiple regression analysis, controlling for age, gender, and entrepreneurship is run on the consumption measures to determine the role of positive illusions as measured by the self-other difference scores. F-statistics are calculated to evaluate the significance of the effects. There are no statistically significant results for either of the vacation measures.

Although we do not find a great deal of support for the relationship between positive illusions and consumer behavior and expectations, we did find some results that encourage us to pursue this stream of research. The coding of housing, car, and vacation preferences is a difficult task.

It is possible that our coding scheme does not permit as fine-tuned scaling of the consumption expectations as we would like to have. As we pursue this research, we recommend the use of consumer-based evaluations, by independent interviews or focus groups by appropriately matched consumer groups. We have established that positive illusions can be measured by expected consumer behavior.

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We believe that the further study of positive illusions and consumption has significant potential. Due to their differing response to statistical information about event likelihood, we expect that individuals with higher levels of positive illusions will respond differently to some types of advertising appeals than individuals of lower or no positive illusions.

For example, an individual with high positive illusions may be more willing to accept that she can experience the same outcomes as a celebrity or other ideal referent. An individual with a lower level positive illusions might be more influenced by a similar-other referent such as a peer. We might also expect expenditure differences between individuals with high versus low positive illusions.

We suggest that the relationship between positive illusions and risk proneness, and the resulting implications for consumer behavior, is an interesting path to pursue. Finally, we wonder about the impact of positive illusions on customer satisfaction.

Do individuals with higher positive illusions cause the to have higher expectations and hence, make them more difficult to satisfy, or do they reinterpret their experiences with this positive bias, and hence, report greater satisfaction? Alicke, M. Brown, J. Fiske, Susan T.

Heine, Steven J. Kuiper, N. This study extends the literature on positive illusions to encompass parents' positive illusions about their young children. Volume 38 , Issue 3.

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