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Handbook of Personality at Work

1st Edition

Edited by Neil Christiansen, Robert Tett


914 pages | 51 B/W Illus.

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Personality has emerged as a key factor when trying to understand why people think, feel, and behave the way they do at work. Recent research has linked personality to important aspects of work such as job performance, employee attitudes, leadership, teamwork, stress, and turnover. This handbook brings together into a single volume the diverse areas of work psychology where personality constructs have been applied and investigated, providing expert review and analysis based on the latest advances in the field.


“This is a comprehensive and timely resource on the important topic of personality at work. The respective chapter authors are internationally known and respected for their scholarship on topics that are integral to personality in work contexts. The handbook is certain to be an exceptional resource for students as well as scholars interested in issues of personality theory, assessment, and application in organizations.”--David V. Day, Winthrop Professor / Woodside Chair in Leadership and Management, University of Western Australia Business School

"This handbook provides a comprehensive state-of-the-art overview of personality in the work context. The chapter authors are a who’s who of personality researchers who provide overviews of both major and minor topics, linking personality to a wide range of organizational phenomena. Included, among others, are chapters on cross-cultural issues, job performance, leadership, selection, stress, and training. The book can serve as a valuable resource for researchers, students and others who want a thorough overview of research on personality in work settings."--Paul Spector, Distinguished Professor Department of Psychology, University of South Florida

"There is not an area of work psychology that has failed to be deeply impacted by the growing literature on personality science. This book, edited by two leading researchers in the area of personality at work, is sure to be widely read and referenced in a research area that continues to be vibrant. The chapters, written by many of the leading figures in the field, provide both a comprehensive coverage and deep analysis of many of the issues, trends, and controversies that continue to enliven the field. I highly recommend the book both to the expert and the newcomer to this important area." --Timothy A. Judge, Ph.D. Franklin D. Schurz Chair, University of Notre Dame

"The Handbook of Personality at Work represents three “I’s”: Impressive, Important, and Interesting! This is a fine collection of perspectives on personality and work by a wonderfully international cast of excellent scholars. Skip this at your own peril." --Benjamin Schneider, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, CEB Valtera

“This is a diverse compilation, uniquely appropriate for this controversial area of I-O psychology. It will be a touchstone for years to come.”--Scott E. Highhouse, Department of Psychology, Bowling Green State University

Table of Contents

Series Foreword Jeannette N. Cleveland and Kevin R. Murphy Foreword Paul R. Sackett Preface 1. The Long and Winding Road: An Introduction to the Handbook of Personality at Work Neil D. Christiansen and Robert P. Tett Section I: Foundations and Theoretical Perspectives 2. Theoretical and Empirical Structures of Personality: Implications for Measurement, Modeling and Prediction Fred Oswald, Leaetta Hough, and Jisoo Ock 3. Advancing Our Understanding of Processes in Personality-Performance Relationships Jeff W. Johnson and Robert J. Schneider 4. Socioanalytic Theory Robert Hogan and Gerhard Blickle 5. Trait Activation Theory: Applications, Developments, and Implications for Workplace Fit Robert P. Tett, Daniel Simonet, Benjamin Walser, and Cameron Brown 6. Individual Differences in Work Motivation: Current Directions and Future Needs John V. Donovan, Tanner Bateman, and Eric D. Heggestad 7. Implicit Personality and Work Behaviors Nick L. Vasilopoulos, Brian P. Siers, and Megan N. Shaw 8. Multilevel Perspectives on Personality in Organizations Anupama Narayan and Robert E. Ployhart Section II: Assessment of Personality at Work 9. History of Personality Testing within Organizations Michael J. Zickar and John Kostek 10. Evaluating Personality Tests: A Psychometric Review of Major Personality Inventories Matthew Prewett, Robert P. Tett, and Neil D. Christiansen 11. Personality and the Need for Personality-Oriented Work Analysis Thomas A. O'Neill, Richard Goffin, and Mitchell Rothstein 12. Personality Testing and the “F Word”: Revisiting Seven Questions about Faking Rich L. Griffith and Chet Robie 13. Applicant Reactions to Personality Tests: Why do Applicants Hate Them? Lynn A. McFarland 14. Breadth in Personality Assessment: Implications for the Understanding and Prediction of Work Behavior Thomas A. O'Neill and Sampo V. Paunonen 15. Cross-Cultural Issues in Personality Assessment Filip De Fruyt and Bart Wille 16. Type Theory Revisited: Implications of Complementary Opposites for the Five Factor Model of Personality and Organizational Interventions James Reynierse 17. Trait Interactions and Other Configural Approaches to Personality Mindy K. Shoss and L.A. Witt 18. Assessing Personality in Selection Interviews Patrick Raymark and Chad Van Iddekinge 19. Assessing Personality with Situational Judgment Measures: Interactionist Psychology Operationalized Michael C. Campion and Robert E. Ployhart 20. Personality from the Perspective of the Observer: Implications for Personality Research and Practice at Work Brian S. Connelly 21. Assessment Centers and the Assessment of Personality Neil D. Christiansen, Brian Hoffman, Filip Lievens, and Andrew Speer 22. Content Analysis of Personality at Work Jennifer M. Ragsdale, Neil D. Christiansen, Christopher T. Frost, John A. Rahael, and Gary N. Burns Section III: Applications of Personality to the Psychology of Work 23. Legal Issues in Personality Testing Mark J. Schmit and Ann Marie Ryan 24. Personality and the Analysis, Design, and Delivery of Training Christina L. Wilson, Jason L. Huang , and Kurt Kraiger 25. Incorporating Personality Assessments into Talent Management Processes David Bartram and Fred Guest 26. Validity of Personality for Predicting Citizenship Performance Walter C. Borman and Jeff S. Conway 27. Personality and Counterproductive Work Behavior Jesus Salgado, Silvia Moscoso, and Neil Anderson 28. What Personality Does and Does Not Predict and Why: Lessons Learned and Future Directions Kevin R. Murphy, Paige J. Deckert and Samuel T. Hunter 29. Personality and Vocational Behavior Jo-Ida Hansen 30. Mood, Emotions, and Personality Jennifer M. George 31. The Role of Personality in Occupational Stress: A Review and Future Research Agenda Nathan A. Bowling and Steve M. Jex 32. Personality and Job Attitudes Bradley J. Brummel and Nathan A. Bowling 33. Personality and Work Teams James E. Driskell and Eduardo Salas 34. The Personality of Leaders: From Vertical to Shared Leadership Tiffani R. Chen and Stephen J. Zaccaro 35. Personality Development: The Implications and Importance of Personality Trait Changes for Understanding Workplace Behavior Christopher D. Nye and Brent W. Roberts Conclusions 36. Cultural, Contextual, and Measurement Challenges for the Paradigm in Personality Science Gerard Saucier and Amber Gayle Thalmayer 37. The Past, Present and Future of Research into Personality at Work Adrian Furnham 38. Personality Psychology in the Workplace: The New Revolution Robert P. Tett

About the Editors

Neil D. Christiansen, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Central Michigan University where he teaches courses in personnel psychology, personality psychology, and structural equation modeling. His research interests focus on advancing our understanding of the relationship between personality and work behavior.

Robert P. Tett, Ph.D., is an associate professor of industrial/organizational psychology and director of the I/O program at the University of Tulsa where he teaches courses in I/O psychology, personnel selection, leadership, and statistics. His research interests lie primarily in personality testing in work settings and in managerial and leadership competence.

About the Series

Applied Psychology Series

Bridging both academic and applied interests, the Applied Psychology Series offers publications that emphasize state-of-the-art research and its application to important issues of human behavior in a variety of societal settings. To date, more than 50 books in various fields of applied psychology have been published in this series.

To propose a title, please contact Jeanette Cleveland (jeanette.cleveland@colostate.edu), Donald Truxillo (Donald.Truxillo@ul.ie), and Christina Chronister (christina.chronister@taylorandfrancis.com).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology