The influence of fictional narrative experience on work outcomes:a conceptual analysis and research model

Bal, P. Matthijs and Butterman, Olivia S. and Bakker, Arnold B. (2011) The influence of fictional narrative experience on work outcomes:a conceptual analysis and research model. Review of General Psychology, 15 (4). pp. 361-370. ISSN 1089-2680

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Abstract

Fictional narrative experience is assumed to have a profound impact on human behavior, but the possible
outcomes and the processes through which fictional narrative experience influence behaviors have rarely
been studied. This paper introduces a model of the consequences of fictional narrative experience through
transportation and transformation processes. We discuss a framework for understanding the effects of
fictional narrative experience, distinguishing affective and behavioral effects, and temporality of effects
(short-term or persistent). Exemplary outcomes of fictional narrative experience are presented, including
recovery, creativity and interpersonal behavior. Finally, we propose that the effects of fictional narrative
experience are dependent upon a person’s frame of reference, as well the extent to which a reader can
identify with the main characters, the perceived usefulness of a narrative, and degree of verisimilitude in
the narrative.

Keywords:Fiction Reading, Work Fiction
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:04 Jan 2017 15:44

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