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Small Group Meeting on Personality Dynamics at Work


EAWOP Small Group Meeting
Personality Dynamics at Work

10-12 of July 2019, Lübeck, Germany


Abstract submission deadline: March 1st, 2019

In recent years, the personality field has witnessed several calls to supplement the traditional trait approach to personality—focusing on how people feel, think, and behave in general—with a more dynamic approach, which also takes into account within-person fluctuations in these feelings, thoughts, and behaviors (Cervone & Little, 2017; Fleeson, 2017). In response to these calls, also work and organizational psychology is gradually embracing the idea of within-individual fluctuations in personality (Debusscher, Hofmans, & De Fruyt, 2016). Indeed, to fully understand how personality interacts with work-related phenomena, an integrative perspective is needed in which stable between-person differences and dynamic within-person fluctuations are reconciled (Green, Dalal, Swigart, Belberg, Wallace, & Hargrove, 2018). Moreover, such an integrative perspective can also help to better understand how work contributes to personality trait development in the long run (e.g. Wille & De Fruyt, 2014), with recursive state expressions triggered by fluctuations in one’s work environment leading to lasting changes in personality at the trait level (Geukes, van Zalk, Back, 2018; Wrzus & Roberts, 2017).

Despite the appeal of the integrative approach to personality, its implementation proves to be challenging, requiring novel theories, state-of-the art longitudinal research designs (shortterm, long-term, or a combined ‘measurement-burst’ design), and complex data analytical methods (e.g., latent change modeling, multilevel models). Therefore, the meeting seeks to advance the field of personality at the workplace by exchanging state-of-the-art knowledge related to dynamic theory, methodology, and statistics. By doing so, we are hoping to achieve the following goals:
- Evaluate new ways of conceptualizing personality, with a particular focus on personality processes and dynamics at work.
- Discuss how such approaches advance the field of I/O psychology.
- Look into practical methods and solutions that can advance applied research on personality dynamics.
- Debate over the future of personality assessment in I/O psychology, including a critical evaluation of the assumptions that currently underlie our research.

The topics we would like to include encompass, but are not limited to, concepts, perspectives, theories, methods, empirical findings, and applications of personality dynamics and processes at the workplace.

Submission of Abstracts
Participants are invited to submit paper abstracts (up to 500 words) with the following structure: purpose/contribution, design/methodology, results, limitations, implications, and originality/value. Abstracts should be submitted by March 1st, 2019 to

For more information please read the full call for papers