Research on polychronicity generally treats time use preference, context, and time tangibility as isomorphic variables that can be represented on a single continuum. An alternative model of temporality that treats these variables as independent dimensions is presented. This model is tested in a sample of 258 middle and senior level executives representing more than 200 organizations and 25 countries. Correlations among the variables and confirmatory factor analyses provide support for the multidimensional view of polychronicity. Further classification provided evidence that all eight possible configurations of the three variables can and do exist. The most frequent “type” reflected a polyphasic time use preference, low context, and high time tangible profile. This profile fits the description of Type A behavior pattern adding support for the multidimensional view.
Palmer, D.K. and Schoorman, F.D. (1999), "Unpackaging the multiple aspects of time in polychronicity", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 14 No. 3/4, pp. 323-345. https://doi.org/10.1108/02683949910263918Download as .RIS
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