Article Information
Journal: Business and Economics Research Journal
Title of Article: Big Five Personality Traits and Organizational Dissent:
The Moderating Role of Organizational Climate
Author(s): Ayşe Begüm Ötken, Tuna Cenkci
Volume: 6
Number: 2
Year: 2015
Page: 1-23
ISSN: 1309-2448
The purpose of this study is to examine which personality traits explain the amount of variance in organizational dissent and whether organizational climate has a moderating role on the relationship between personality traits and organizational dissent. A convenience sampling was used and 527 Turkish participants completed the survey questionnaire. The results show that conscientiousness, agreeableness, and openness to experience personality traits explain the variance in upward dissent. In addition, extraversion and emotional stability contribute to displaced dissent whereas emotional stability predicts the variance in latent dissent. Moreover, humanistic climates have a moderating role on the relationship between conscientiousness and upward dissent. On the other hand, formalization climates have a moderating effect between extraversion and displaced dissent. Overall, the results support the association between personality and employee dissent and the partial moderating role of organizational climate on this relationship. Organizations may utilize the results in their efforts to create an organizational climate that supports the expression of different ideas and thoughts. Organizational leaders may apply the study outcomes about role of employee personality and organizational climate to motivate employees’ upward dissent.
Keywords: Organizational dissent, employee dissent, organizational climate, big five, Turkish culture
JEL Classification: M10, M12, M14, D23

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