Replicating and extending past personality/job satisfaction meta-analyses Article

Bruk-Lee, V, Khoury, HA, Nixon, AE et al. (2009). Replicating and extending past personality/job satisfaction meta-analyses . HUMAN PERFORMANCE, 22(2), 156-189. 10.1080/08959280902743709

cited authors

  • Bruk-Lee, V; Khoury, HA; Nixon, AE; Goh, A; Spector, PE



  • A meta-analysis summarizing results of 187 studies reporting cross-sectional and longitudinal relationships between job satisfaction and personality is described. The Big Five factor of Neuroticism related most strongly and negatively to job satisfaction (-.25), with the other factors ranging from 16 (Conscientiousness) to -.02 (Openness to Experience). Job satisfaction was positively related to internal locus of control (LOC), positive affectivity, and Type A (achievement striving). Results showed negative relationships with external LOC, trait anger, Machiavellianism, negative affectivity/trait anxiety, and Type A (global and impatience/irritability). Job satisfaction had a very weak, negative correlation with narcissism that was indistinguishable from zero. These relationships were similar, although the effect sizes were generally not as strong, when examined in a longitudinal context. The distinctiveness of Extraversion and positive affectivity, as well as that of global and composite measures of job satisfaction, are discussed. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

publication date

  • April 1, 2009

published in

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 156

end page

  • 189


  • 22


  • 2