Peer-reviewed Research Article: IT Professionals’ Personality, Personal Characteristics, and Commitment: Evidence from a National Survey.
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Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University: Personality traits, the interaction effects of education, and employee readiness for organizational change: A quantitative study
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The combination of globalization, technological advancements, governmental regulations, changing customer tastes and trends combined with a host of other influences constantly force organizations to change, or respond to changes in the business environment. Businesses need their employees to be flexible and ready for change; however, the literature is rife with the assertion that more than 70% of organizational change initiatives fail. These failures cost organizations billions of dollars each year and have been blamed in part on employees' unreadiness for change, and their subsequent resistance to it. Businesses have a continued interest in understanding how to achieve higher rates of success with change initiatives; therefore, this research examined whether or not employees' personality traits predicted their readiness for organizational change. It also examined whether or not employees' level of education interacted with their personality traits to moderate the effects of personality traits on variances in readiness for change. Results indicated that personality traits predicted employees' readiness for change; however, increasing education did not interact with personality traits to modify the effects of personality on employee readiness for change.
APA Reference (Cite as):
Tappin, R. M. (2014). Personality traits, the interaction effects of education, and employee readiness for organizational change: A quantitative study (Doctoral dissertation, Capella University). Retrieved from https://pqdtopen.proquest.com/pubnum/3670203.html
Drawing on personality traits theory (Costa & McCrae, 1985) and organizational commitment theory (Mowday, Steers & Porter, 1979), the purpose of the present study was to investigate, through four separate hierarchical regression procedures, the effect of a set of independent variables (neuroticism, gender, and generational age) on four separate dependent variables (DV): overall organizational commitment (OC), affective commitment (AC), continuance commitment (CC), and normative commitment (NC). The sample consisted of responses from 279 IT professionals in the United States, drawn from a national sample from the merged cross-sectional GSS 1972-2014 Cross-Sectional Cumulative Data, Release 5, March 24, 2016. Results of multiple regressions analyses revealed that, among IT professionals, neuroticism did not predict overall OC, AC, CC, or NC. Generational age predicted OC, AC, and CC with statistical significance. Gender predicted CC; none of the independent variables (IVs) predicted NC. Directions for future research are offered.
APA Reference (Cite as):
Syed, J., & Tappin, R. M. (2019). IT Professionals’ Personality, Personal Characteristics, and Commitment: Evidence from a National Survey. Computer and Information Science, 12, 3, 58. doi:10.5539/cis.v12n3p58