Althoughpersonality is typically conceptualised in industrial, organizational, andvocational psychology as enduring and stable, an increasing volume of researchnow shows that personality changes throughout the lifespan, with work being apotentially important influence of trait development. This paper reviews andintegrates the emergent literature in this area, and in doing so proposes a newDemands-Affordances TrAnsactional (DATA) model of personality development atwork, against which research is evaluated. This DATA model clarifies howpersonality-related behavior at work is called upon by work demands at fourdifferent levels (vocation, job, group and organization) and proposesPerson-Environment (PE) fit as the main guiding mechanism for personality traitchange at work. Drawing on this model, we develop a predictive framework ofwork demands that influence personality and outline eight core questions toadvance this field.
Personality change, Personality development, Demands-Affordances
Personality and Social Contexts
Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources
Journal of Vocational Behavior
WOODS, Stephen A.; WILLE, Bart; WU, Chia-huei; LIEVENS, Filip; and DE FRUYT, Filip.
The influence of work on personality trait development: The Demands-Affordances TrAnsactional (DATA) model, an integrative review, and research agenda. (2019). Journal of Vocational Behavior. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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