Personality, affect, and organizational change: A qualitative study

Roy K Smollan, Jonathan Matheny, Janet G Sayers

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Published studies of the relationships between personality, affect, and organizational change have been overwhelmingly quantitative, while clinical and psychodynamic approaches have seldom dealt with the context of organizational change. We used semistructured interviews to explore the middle ground , by researching how participants in change believed aspects of their personalities contributed to their responses, particularly on an affective level. We found that traits such as openness to experience, resilience, pragmatism, change self-efficacy, and locus of control influenced participants perceptions of how they reacted to organizational change. The findings point to the important role that qualitative research into personality can play in improving understanding of emotional responses to organizational change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch on Emotion in Organizations: Volume 6 - Emotions and Organizational Dynamism
EditorsWilfred J Zerbe, Charmine E J Hartel, Neal M Ashkanasy
Place of PublicationBingley UK
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Pages85 - 112
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9780857241771
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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