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Work and Personality Change

What We Do Makes Who We Are

By Ying Wang and Chia-Huei Wu

Published

1 Apr 2021

Page count

104 pages

ISBN

978-1529207552

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

1 Apr 2021

Page count

104 pages

ISBN

978-1529207583

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    Work and Personality Change

    Can your job change your personality?

    While traditionally personality has been considered fixed and stable, recent thinking indicates that this is not the case, and personality can be changed by various work and vocational experiences, such as employment conditions, career roles, job characteristics and training or interventions.

    Drawing on a wide array of research in the field, Wang and Wu provides a conceptual overview on how personality can be changed at work by societal, organisational and job-related factors, while considering how individuals can take an active approach in changing their personality at work.

    Ying Wang is Senior Lecturer in Management at RMIT University in Australia. Her research interests include personality and individual differences, positive organisational behaviour, and diversity management.

    Chia-Huei Wu is Professor in Organizational Psychology at the University of Leeds in the UK. His research in organisational behaviour focuses on proactive behaviour, personality development, work design and employees' subjective well-being.

    Introduction

    Can personality traits change? The development of personality

    What drives personality change at work? Key drivers in social, organisational and job contexts

    Actively changing personality: training, interventions and individual agency in change

    Implications of personality change at work on research and practice