Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

The current dissertation examined the moderating effects of personality traits on the relationship between risk propensity and career advancement. It was hypothesized that certain personalities that facilitate dependability and building support can impact the probability of successful risk-taking at work, resulting in greater career advancement. A nationally representative panel study of British households (n = 13,743) was used to examine the extent to which Big Five personality traits interact with risk propensity to predict career achievement. Results showed a strong, positive association between risk propensity and income growth over time. The “getting along” personality traits were not shown to have significant moderating effects on the relationship between risk propensity and income growth. However, Openness to Experience did have a significant moderating influence on the effect of risk propensity on income growth, with higher levels of Openness to Experience influencing stronger income growth trajectories for risk-takers. Several exploratory analyses are discussed, along with future directions.

Date

7-5-2022

Committee Chair

Zhang, Don C

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