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Person-job fit applied to teamwork : a multilevel approach

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Author: Molleman, E. · Nauta, A. · Jehn, K.A.
Institution: TNO Arbeid
Source:Small Group Research, 55, 35, 515-539
Identifier: 277198
doi: doi:10.1177/1046496404264361
Keywords: Workplace · Arbeidsparticipatie · Job satisfaction · Learning · Person-job fit · Personality traits · Task autonomy · Teamwork


This study examined the moderating role of team task autonomy on the relationship between the mean level of three personality traits in a team - conscientiousness, emotional stability, and openness to experience - and two individual outcomes - job satisfaction and learning. Questionnaire data were collected from 133 task groups of undergraduate business students. Multilevel analyses showed that team task autonomy strengthens the relationship between conscientiousness and learning and the relationship between openness to experience and satisfaction. We conclude that team attributes, characteristics of the individual member, and team task autonomy as a moderator variable explain differences in individual outcomes and help in predicting the effectiveness of teamwork.