Date of Award


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Primary Advisor

Dennis Marquardt

Secondary Advisor

Sarah Easter

Committee Reader

Steve Allison


The purpose of this thesis is to analyze the role of employee personality traits in the workplace and explore the use of personality assessments to effectively understand and organize individuals and work teams from a managerial perspective. This research begins by outlining the relationship between personality traits and behavioral tendencies in organizational before moving to discuss the use of personality assessments as a tool to improve relationship effectiveness between an employee and his or her supervisors and co-workers, employee placement, and team formation. The report then moves on to examine the Five-Factor Model (i.e., Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism) as an optimal option for assessing personalities and discuss how high or low levels of each of the five traits affect behavioral tendencies in an organizational setting. It concludes with a discussion about additional factors that also affect employee behavior and other considerations for effectively using personality assessments in the workplace.

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