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Personality and Organization: A European Perspective on Personality Assessment in Organizations

WithAdrian Furnham

Just as cross-cultural psychologists are eager to describe, explain, and even exaggerate cross-cultural differences in human behavior, most personality theorists prefer to celebrate the universal nature of personality functioning. Indeed over the past 20 years there have been a number of attempts on the part of personality test constructors to demonstrate that tests, and the function and processes that they measure, are universally valid (Di Bias &Forzi, 1999;Ostendorf&Angleitner, 1992; Salgado, 1999).Howeverwhat observers do acknowledge is that research on personality does vary across cultures. This chapter attempts to describe a European perspective on the use of personality and other individual difference measures in the work place very much from an Anglo-Saxon point of view.