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Changing workplace phenomena have cast the role of personality in a new and dynamic light. As work has become less structured, as organizations increasingly use teams to organize work, and as person-organization "fit" is taken more seriously, understanding individual differences and their implications for behavior at work has become more critical. This nineteenth volume in the Jossey-Bass Organizational Frontiers Series presents the latest research on personality and its influence at work. While much of the work on personality in the past decade has centered on the predictive validity of personality tests for employee selection, this book approaches the topic from a much broader perspective while still focusing on the individual level of assessment. Taking an innovative, future-oriented approach, the expert contributors examine how personality affects various outcomes and behaviors, the relationship between personality and behavior in specific work settings, emerging research streams, and more.
The authors explore, for example, the importance of happiness variables— commonly known as job satisfaction— as determinants of the choices people make and behaviors in which they engage in the workplace. They show that personality-work behavior relationships can only be understood by examining cross-level— individual, team, and organization— effects and explain the role of an individual's skill in monitoring and managing relationships in groups and organizations. And they offer new models of personality-performance relationships that will provide both theorists and practitioners with an exciting research venue for years to come.
Foreword (Neal Schmitt).
1. The Structure of Personality Attributes (Gerard Saucier, Lewis R. Goldberg).
2. The Happy Worker: Hypotheses About the Role of Positive Affect in Worker Productivity (Richard E. Lucas, Ed Diener).
3. Situational and Motivational Influences on Trait-Behavior Relationships (Murray R. Barrick, Terence R. Mitchell, Greg L. Stewart).
4. Toward a Better Understanding of the Relationship Between Personality and Individual Job
Performance (Jeff W. Johnson).
5. Dispositional Influences on Affective Experiences at Work (Howard M. Weiss, Katherine E. Kurek).
6. Personality and Counterproductive Workplace Behavior (Michael J. Cullen, Paul R. Sackett).
7. Toward an Understanding of the Multilevel Role of Personality in Teams (Greg L. Stewart).
8. Self-Monitoring Personality and Work Relationships: Individual Differences in Social Networks (David V. Day, Martin Kilduff).
9. Understanding the Dynamic Learner: Linking Personality Traits, Learning Situations, and Individual Behavior (J. Kevin Ford, Frederick L. Oswald).
10. Focusing on Personality in Person-Organization Fit Research: Unaddressed Issues (Ann Marie Ryan, Amy Kristof-Brown).
11. Emerging Trends and Needs in Personality Research and Practice: Beyond Main Effects (Leaetta M. Hough).
12. Research Themes for the Future (Michael K. Mount, Murray R. Barrick, Ann Marie Ryan).