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The interplay between extraversion, task significance, and task variety at work

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posted on 03.11.2020, 14:24 authored by Erik DietlErik Dietl, Olga KombeizOlga Kombeiz
Extraversion bears several advantages for employees at work such as increased job performance and organizational citizenship behavior. However, empirical research and theoretical perspectives suggest that contextual moderators may qualify the extent to which extraversion is beneficial at work. Here, we investigated whether task significance and task variety – two contextual variables that are congruent with extraversion's advantages – moderate extraversion-performance relations. Across two multi-source studies with employees, we found that task significance strengthened the positive relationships between extraversion with job performance and organizational citizenship behavior. Task variety did not moderate these extraversion-performance relationships. Moreover, the interaction between acquaintance ratings of extraversion and task significance also predicted organizational citizenship behavior. We discuss the practical and theoretical implications.

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Personality and Individual Differences

Volume

171

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Elsevier

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Personality and Individual Differences and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2020.110471.

Acceptance date

21/10/2020

Publication date

2020-10-31

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0191-8869

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Erik Dietl. Deposit date: 1 November 2020

Article number

110471