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Personality in Work Organizations

Personality in Work Organizations

December 2001 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Why is there a resurgence of interest in personality in organizational research? Why have organizations turned to personality experts to assist in the early identification of employees who are likely to be motivated, conscientious, prosocial, and stable?

Organizations are finding an ever-more-pressing need to select people with high probabilities of adjusting to and succeeding in work situations. To understand how and why individuals frame the same set of environmental factors differently, this thorough review of personality theory and measurement in work settings isolates the specific vital impacts on behavior in industrial and organizational settings. Topics addressed include:

  • Job performance
  • Leadership
  • Team functioning
  • Interdepartmental conflict
  • Tardiness and attrition
  • Mental and physical health
  • Motivation
  • Integrity

Personality at Work is an excellent resource for researchers, scholars, and advanced students. 

Introduction to the Series
1. The Role of Personality in Organizations
John's Description of His Supervisor

The View of John's Coworkers

Use of Personality and Social Cognition to Explain Individual Differences in Framing

General Comment: Personality in Organizations

Organization of This Book

2. Fundamental Concepts of Personality
Traits: The Behavioral Indicators of Personality

Causes of Traits: Needs (Motives)

The Mediating Role of Social Cognition in Need-Trait Relationships

Concluding Comments

3. Personality Variables
Prominent Traits in Contemporary Personality

Broad Categories of the Social Cognitions That Are Used to Justify Characteristic Behavioral Adjustments

Implicit Biases: Wanted or Unwanted

4. The Measurement of Personality in Organizational Settings
Criteria for Evaluating Measurement Procedures

Exemplars of Measurement Techniques for Personality

An Efficient, Indirect System for Measuring Implicit Reasoning Biases

Model for Empirical Validation Analyses

Psychometric Evaluation of the Conditional Reasoning Test for Aggression

Concluding Comments

5. Three Fertile Domains for Future Personality Research in Organizations
Integrative Models of Personality Assessment


Differential Framing

Closing Comments

About the Authors

An interesting read for anyone studying Applied Psychology. I will be recommending this as an essential read for my Organisational Psychology module.

Dr Kevin Wilson-Smith
Department of Applied Psychology, University of Cumbria
February 19, 2013

A detailed attempt at addressing issues of personality in work organisations. A keep-in view text.

Management , London School of Economics and Political Science
December 18, 2012

Too focused for class requirements

Dr Mark Loon
The Business School, Gloucestershire University
July 20, 2011

For myself, I found this book very useful and interesting. And also recommended to my colleagues and students.

Mr Essa Ummar Sheriff
CMI, British Institute of Technology & E-commerce
March 29, 2011
Key features
  1. There are few books on personality for organizational researchers.
  2. This is one of the few books on personality that integrates trait theory with social cognition.
  3. This is one of the very few books that gives attention to implicit cognition.
  4. This is the only book that presents conditional reasoning.

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