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Chapter 6: Action Regulation Theory: Foundations, Current Knowledge and Future Directions

Action Regulation Theory: Foundations, Current Knowledge and Future Directions

Action Regulation Theory: Foundations, Current Knowledge and Future Directions
Hannes Zacher Michael Frese

Introduction

Action is goal-oriented behavior and it needs to be regulated. Most behavior is goal-oriented (exceptions are reflexes). Action regulation theory is a theory on this regulation of goal-oriented behavior. It is not a mid-range theory with a finite number of hypotheses but a meta-theory which provides a framework that allows to integrate mid-range theories; its roots are in German and some Russian psychological, cognitive, and human factors research (Frese, 2006; Hacker, 1994; H. Heckhausen, 1980), with additional roots in systems theory and activity theory (Leontjev, 1978; Miller, Galanter, & Pribram, 1960). Action regulation theory was developed in ...

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