Personality Development and Organizational Behavior

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This chapter provides an overview of a new theoretical framework that serves to integrate personality psychology and other fields, such as organizational behavior. The first section describes a structural model of personality that incorporates traits, motives, abilities, and narratives, with social roles. The second section describes basic patterns of continuity and change in personality and how this might be relevant to organizational behavior. The third section describes the ASTMA model of person-organization transaction (attraction, selection, transformation, manipulation, and attrition), which describes the primary transactions between personality and organizational experiences across the life course. The goal for the chapter is to build a bridge between modern personality psychology and organizational behavior, such that the two fields can better inform one another.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearch in Organizational Behavior An Annual Series of Analytical Essays and Critical Reviews
EditorsBarry Staw
Number of pages40
StatePublished - Jul 12 2006
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameResearch in Organizational Behavior
ISSN (Print)0191-3085

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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    Roberts, B. W. (2006). Personality Development and Organizational Behavior. In B. Staw (Ed.), Research in Organizational Behavior An Annual Series of Analytical Essays and Critical Reviews (pp. 1-40). (Research in Organizational Behavior; Vol. 27).