Work and OrganizationsContextualizing Personality and Social Psychology

David V. Day and Deidra J. Schleicher

in The Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398991
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Work and OrganizationsContextualizing Personality and Social Psychology


This chapter addresses the relevance of personality and social psychology to the central life domain of work and organizations. We begin with a general discussion of how the field of organizational psychology is distinct from, yet has been informed by, theory and research in personality and social psychology, distinguishing between horizontal and vertical theory borrowing in this regard. We then summarize research on four key organizational topics that have particularly strong theoretical and empirical records for integrating across personality and social psychology: person-environment fit, job attitudes, leadership, and teams. Within each of these organizational research areas we discuss examples of horizontal and vertical theory borrowing as well as new theoretical frameworks with the potential to contribute to the fields of personality and social psychology.

Keywords: Work and organizations; organizational psychology; organizational behavior; theory borrowing; personality; person-environment fit; leadership; teams; job attitudes; multilevel theory

Article.  22342 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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