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Constructive Deviance, Destructive Deviance and Personality: How do they interrelate?


  • Moran Bodankin

    () (Schools of Behavioral Sciences and Business Administration Netanya University College)

  • Aharon Tziner

    () (Schools of Behavioral Sciences and Business Administration Netanya University College)


In recent years deviant behavior in organizations has drawn increasing attention. However, surprisingly little research has focused on constructive rather than destructive deviance. In an attempt to bridge this gap, the present study investigated both constructive and destructive deviance at work and their relationship to employee personality. Using 89 hitech employees, constructive and destructive (interpersonal and organizational) deviance were regressed on the big-five factors of personality. Findings show that neuroticism and agreeableness were related to both types of constructive deviance, whereas conscientiousness was associated with both types of destructive deviance. Moreover, agreeableness was connected to interpersonal destructive deviance, whereas openness to experience was connected to organizational constructive deviance. Theoretical and practical implications are suggested as well as a course for future research.

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  • Moran Bodankin & Aharon Tziner, 2009. "Constructive Deviance, Destructive Deviance and Personality: How do they interrelate?," The AMFITEATRU ECONOMIC journal, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 11(26), pages 549-564, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:aes:amfeco:v:11:y:2009:i:26:p:549-565

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    1. Aharon Tziner & Erich C. Fein, 2012. "Modeling employees' deviant behavior and employers' reactions: an interdisciplinary approach using principal-agent and prospect theories," Economics and Business Letters, Oviedo University Press, vol. 1(4), pages 10-20.

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    work deviance; organizational misbehavior; personality and counterproductive behavior;

    JEL classification:

    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights


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