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Personality research in the 21st century: new developments and directions for the field

Michele N. Medina-Craven (Department of Management and Information Systems, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, USA)
Kathryn Ostermeier (Department of Management, Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA)
Pratigya Sigdyal (Department of Management and Marketing, California State University – Bakersfield, Bakersfield, California, USA)
Benjamin David McLarty (Department of Management and Information Systems, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, USA)

Journal of Management History

ISSN: 1751-1348

Article publication date: 19 August 2022

Issue publication date: 6 April 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to systematically examine and classify the multitude of personality traits that have emerged in the literature beyond the Big Five (Five Factor Model) since the turn of the 21st century. The authors argue that this represents a new phase of personality research that is characterized both by construct proliferation and a movement away from the Big Five and demonstrates how personality as a construct has substantially evolved in the 21st century.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors conducted a comprehensive, systematic review of personality research from 2000 to 2020 across 17 management and psychology journals. This search yielded 1,901 articles, of which 440 were relevant and subsequently coded for this review.

Findings

The review presented in this study uncovers 155 traits, beyond the Big Five, that have been explored, which the authors organize and analyze into 10 distinct categories. Each category comprises a definition, lists the included traits and highlights an exemplar construct. The authors also specify the significant research outcomes associated with each trait category.

Originality/value

This review categorizes the 155 personality traits that have emerged in the management and psychology literature that describe personality beyond the Big Five. Based on these findings, this study proposes new avenues for future research and offers insights into the future of the field as the concept of personality has shifted in the 21st century.

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Citation

Medina-Craven, M.N., Ostermeier, K., Sigdyal, P. and McLarty, B.D. (2023), "Personality research in the 21st century: new developments and directions for the field", Journal of Management History, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 276-304. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMH-06-2022-0021

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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