Version of Record online: 15 SEP 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume 33, Issue 7, pages 925–945, October 2012
How to Cite
Schmidt, J. A., Ogunfowora, B. and Bourdage, J. S. (2012), No person is an island: The effects of group characteristics on individual trait expression. J. Organiz. Behav., 33: 925–945. doi: 10.1002/job.781
- Issue online: 18 SEP 2012
- Version of Record online: 15 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 JUL 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 25 JUL 2011
- Manuscript Received: 29 MAR 2010
- trait activation theory;
- group personality composition;
- core group evaluations;
- counterproductive behaviors
Although most researchers now espouse a person-by-situation interactionist approach, there remains much work to be carried out to fully understand how different features of the environment interact with personality to influence behavior. Thus, this study sought to examine the moderating effects of three group-level constructs on the relationships between two personality traits (conscientiousness and extraversion) and individual performance and counterproductive behaviors. Specifically, using trait activation theory as an organizing framework, we considered the moderating effects of the following: (i) a previously unexamined construct called core group evaluations (CGEs); (ii) group conscientiousness composition; and (iii) group extraversion composition. Data were obtained from a sample of university football players (N = 225–252 from 40 groups). The results indicated that CGEs moderated the relationships between individual conscientiousness and both performance (subjective) and counterproductive behaviors. Group conscientiousness composition also moderated the relationships between individual conscientiousness and both performance (objective and subjective) and counterproductive behaviors. Lastly, group extraversion composition moderated the relationship between individual extraversion and counterproductive behaviors. These findings highlight the importance of considering a team's CGEs, as well as the personality composition of team members when investigating the effects of conscientiousness and extraversion on individual performance and counterproductive behaviors. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.