Personality Trait Inferences About Organizations: Development of a Measure and Assessment of Construct Validity

Slaughter, Jerel E.; Zickar, Michael J.; Highhouse, Scott; Mohr, David C.
February 2004
Journal of Applied Psychology;Feb2004, Vol. 89 Issue 1, p85
Academic Journal
The authors conducted 4 studies to construct a multidimensional measure of perceptions of organization personality. Results of the first 2 studies suggest that (a) 5 broad factors are sufficient to capture the structure of organization personality perceptions, (b) real-world organizations differ on personality profiles, and (c) personality trait inferences are related to organizational attraction. Results of a 3rd study suggest that personality trait inferences assessed in 1 sample are related to ratings of organizational attractiveness by a 2nd sample. Finally, results of a 4th study suggest that the measure is sensitive to experimental manipulations of organizational descriptions. Implications and suggestions for the use of this measure in future research are discussed.


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