Committee Chair

Cunningham, Christopher J. L.

Committee Member

O'Leary, Brian J.; Weathington, Bart

Department

Dept. of Psychology

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

With increasing levels of employee autonomy and responsibility in today's workforce, proactive behavior and the performance of discretionary, extra-role work behaviors are being recognized as vital to effective organizational functioning. This study examined one mechanism that may explain how proactive personality relates to career success: through a person's extra-role behaviors including innovation, contextual performance, and organizational citizenship behavior. Data were collected from 302 employees of a large manufacturing organization in the Midwestern United States. Hierarchical regression and multiple mediation analyses showed that the relationship between personality and career success is at least partially mediated by the extra-role behaviors, even after controlling for demographic and personality variables (age, sex, and Five Factor Model traits). On the tree potential mediators, innovation was the most prominent factor.

Degree

M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.

Date

5-2009

Subject

Prediction of occupational success

Discipline

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Document Type

Masters theses

Language

English

Call Number

vi, 45 leaves

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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