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IKIGAI: Reflection on Life Goals Optimizes Performance and Happiness

Michaéla Schippers

ERIM Inaugural Address Series Research in Management from Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Abstract: In her inaugural address, Michaéla discusses the role of self-regulatory behaviors that people can employ in order to live a full-filling life. These behaviors include reflection and personal goal setting, in order to formulate a direction or purpose in life (Ikigai). In the inaugural address, an evidence-based goal-setting intervention is discussed. This relatively brief intervention has shown to have lasting results: not only does it increase well-being of students, the intervention also boosted academic performance of students by over 20%. Moreover, the intervention significantly decreased the gender and ethnic minority performance gap. The goal setting is shown in a broader perspective with examples in education, business and operations management. The perspective presented in this address emphasizes taking control of one’s life in order to optimize performance and happiness.

Keywords: Goal setting; Study success; Reflection; Self-regulatory behaviour; Well-being and happiness; Gender and ethnicity gap; Personality; Team reflexivity; Behavioural operations management; Performance management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L12 L2 M10 M12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 70
Date: 2017-06-16
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