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CharacterNew Directions from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology$
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Christian B. Miller, R. Michael Furr, Angela Knobel, and William Fleeson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190204600

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204600.001.0001

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Character Traits in the Workplace

Character Traits in the Workplace

A Three-Month Diary Study of Moral and Immoral Organizational Behaviors

(p.150) 6 Character Traits in the Workplace

Taya R. Cohen

A. T. Panter

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 reports on the findings of the Work Experiences and Character Traits (WECT) project, and into how moral character, personality, emotions, and treatment by managers and coworkers affect how frequently workers engage in ethical and unethical behavior on the job. Over three months, fourteen surveys were administered to more than 1,500 adults living in the United States who worked in a diverse array of occupations in the private and public sectors. Reporting findings that contest situationist perspectives which de-emphasize the importance of individual differences in predicting behavior, the WECT project reveals that individual differences in moral character have consistent, meaningful effects on employees’ work behaviors.

Keywords:   morality, ethics, character, personality, individual differences, counterproductive work behaviors, organizational citizenship behaviors

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