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Ch 5: Personality & Social Behavior in Organizations

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The entertaining video lessons in this chapter on personality and social behavior in organizations will improve your understanding of the big five personality traits, narcissism in organizations, and more. Both concise and filled with key information, these lessons can simply homework or test prep.

Personality & Social Behavior in Organizations - Chapter Summary

While studying these engaging lessons, you'll heighten your knowledge of personality and social behavior in organizations. For example, our educators help you better understand the personality-job fit theory. This chapter can also refresh your knowledge of Type B personality traits in the workplace. After reviewing the lessons, you should be able to do the following with confidence:

  • Discuss use of personality traits to predict workplace behavior
  • Recall the big five personality traits
  • List weaknesses of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality framework
  • Provide an overview of Machiavellianism in organizations
  • Recount characteristics of narcissism in organizations
  • Explain the effects of taking risks in organizations
  • Detail characteristics of Type A personalities

Our instructors developed these convenient video lessons to help you easily grasp concepts related to personality and social behavior in organizations. There are video transcripts that can be used to study offline, and vocabulary words are highlighted for quick reference. After studying, you'll want to test your knowledge with a brief quiz that's available for each lesson.

8 Lessons in Chapter 5: Personality & Social Behavior in Organizations
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Intro to Personality

1. Intro to Personality

You put two people in the same situation and, odds are, they'll react in a range of different ways. Some people might even react in a completely unexpected or extreme way. Why is this? Read this lesson for insight into personality types and what makes people tick the way they do.

Personality-Job Fit Theory: Using Traits to Predict Workplace Behavior

2. Personality-Job Fit Theory: Using Traits to Predict Workplace Behavior

Personality-job fit theory revolves around the idea that every organization and individual has specific personality traits. The closer match between the traits of the person and the company equals a higher chance of workplace productivity and satisfaction.

The Big Five Personality Traits & Workplace Behavior

3. The Big Five Personality Traits & Workplace Behavior

Personality has a direct impact on the behaviors of employees at work. People's behavior patterns can be broken into a Big Five Personality Model (also known as O.C.E.A.N.), which will help companies understand workplace behavior.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Personality Framework: Strengths & Weaknesses

4. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Personality Framework: Strengths & Weaknesses

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality framework is a theory of personality types that helps managers with job placement, conflict management, team building and career development.

Machiavellianism in Organizations: Justifying the Means by the Ends

5. Machiavellianism in Organizations: Justifying the Means by the Ends

Manipulation can be a powerful tool that is frequently put into practice by people who have a Machiavellian personality. This lesson describes characteristics of Machiavellianism in both high and low Machs.

Narcissism in Organizations: Definition, Characteristics & Effects on the Workplace

6. Narcissism in Organizations: Definition, Characteristics & Effects on the Workplace

Narcissism in organizations can be very detrimental to corporate success. There are nine associated characteristics for which companies can screen potential employees in order to prevent a narcissist from being hired.

Risk Takers in Business: Description & Effects on Organizational Behavior

7. Risk Takers in Business: Description & Effects on Organizational Behavior

Organizations must be aware of two different types of individuals: those managers who are risk takers and those who are risk averse. Both types will affect how productivity, profits and success are determined.

Type A and Type B Personalities in Organizations: Definition & Characteristics

8. Type A and Type B Personalities in Organizations: Definition & Characteristics

Type A and Type B personality characteristics are two contrasting descriptions of traits. In organizations, it is important to identify individuals with these traits and understand the best scenario for employee motivation, output, and job accomplishment for both types.

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