Personality Trait Inferences about Organizations: Development of a Measure and Assessment of Construct Validity

Jerel E Slaughter, Michael J. Zickar, Scott Highhouse, David C. Mohr

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The authors conducted 4 studies to construct a multidimensional measure of perceptions of organization personality. Results of the first 2 studies suggest that (a) 5 broad factors are sufficient to capture the structure of organization personality perceptions, (b) real-world organizations differ on personality profiles, and (c) personality trait inferences are related to organizational attraction, Results of a 3rd study suggest that personality trait inferences assessed in 1 sample are related to ratings of organizational attractiveness by a 2nd sample. Finally, results of a 4th study suggest that the measure is sensitive to experimental manipulations of organizational descriptions. Implications and suggestions for the use of this measure in future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-103
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2004


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  • Applied Psychology

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