Personality and Workplace Case Study

Personality and Workplace
This paper describes an application of big five personality theory to the ethnically diverse workplace.
# 118857 | 2,511 words | 4 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Mar 08, 2010 in Sociology (Theory) , Business (Human Resources) , Psychology (General)

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In this article, the writer discusses that conflicts stemming from personality differences are an inevitable part of work environment. This paper focuses on the interpersonal conflict between two female co-workers, coming from different cultural backgrounds. Using dispositional personality theory, the writer analyzes personality traits of involved parties and provides possible solutions for a conflict resolution.

The Role of Personality in the Conflict
Personality Characteristics and Socio-Cultural Factors
Conflict Resolution

From the Paper:

"In an ideal situation, individual differences would be complementary to each other. Work teams model was conceived having this idea in mind- integrating different strengths of the team members to ensure a best possible outcome. In reality, however, people tend to form personal likes and dislikes of others, regardless of the conforming atmosphere of business conduct. Even within the group, people often establish dyadic interpersonal relationships, based either on traits compatibility or obvious dichotomy, with the latter being a source of conflict. Sometimes the degree of dislike is so elevated, that human resources intervention fails to fix the problem and the most antagonized party sees no other choice but to change a job."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • D. Antonioni (2002). Relationship between the big five personality factors and conflict management styles. International Journal of Conflict Management. Oct98, Vol. 9,( 4), p.2-7. Retrieved on March 10, 2009 from EBSCOhost database.
  • S. Tewary (2005). Asian Indian immigrant women: a theoretical perspective on mental health. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. 11 (1), p.1-23. Retrieved on March 10, 2009, from EBSCOhost database.
  • A. G. Shmelyov & V. I. Pokhil'ko (2006). A taxonomy-oriented study of Russian personality-trait names. European journal of Personality. Feb. 22, 7 (1), p.1-17
  • S.M.Andersen & S. A. Saribay. (2008). Simple kindness can go a long way. Social Psychology .39 (1), p. 59-69

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