Beneath the surface: Uncovering the relationship between extraversion and organizational citizenship behavior through a facet approach

Henry Moon, John R. Hollenbeck, Sophia Marinova, Stephen E. Humphrey

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To date, an empirical link between the broad factor extraversion and organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) has not been found. We propose that a facet conceptualization of extraversion including surgency, sociability and positive emotions predict an individual's level of citizenship behaviors in opposing ways, thus masking the predictive ability of a broad factor of extraversion. In study one, we establish the foundation for predictive differences by documenting differential relationships between the facets of extraversion and the type of organizational cultures potential job applicants are attracted to. In study two, analysis of peer rated OCB from 117 individuals working in various organizations supports the superior predictive ability of the facets over that of the broad factor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-154
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Selection and Assessment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2008


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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