Openness to experience as a predictor and outcome of upward job changes into managerial and professional positions

Nieß, Christiane & Zacher, Hannes (2015) Openness to experience as a predictor and outcome of upward job changes into managerial and professional positions. PLoS ONE, 10(6), e0131115.

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Abstract

In industrial and organizational psychology, there is a long tradition of studying personality as an antecedent of work outcomes. Recently, however, scholars have suggested that personality characteristics may not only predict, but also change due to certain work experiences, a notion that is depicted in the dynamic developmental model (DDM) of personality and work. Upward job changes are an important part of employees’ careers and career success in particular, and we argue that these career transitions can shape personality over time. In this study, we investigate the Big Five personality characteristics as both predictors and outcomes of upward job changes into managerial and professional positions. We tested our hypotheses by applying event history analyses and propensity score matching to a longitudinal dataset collected over five years from employees in Australia. Results indicated that participants’ openness to experience not only predicted, but that changes in openness to experience also followed from upward job changes into managerial and professional positions. Our findings thus provide support for a dynamic perspective on personality characteristics in the context of work and careers.

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ID Code: 92410
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Openness to Experience, Upward Job Changes, Managerial Positions, Professional Positions
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0131115
ISSN: 1932-6203
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright: © 2015 Nieß, Zacher.
Copyright Statement: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Deposited On: 28 Jan 2016 23:39
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2016 22:13

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