Business & Management Studies

Prioritizing personality diversity: a commitment and performance-based perspective

Prioritizing personality diversity: a commitment and performance-based perspective

This study builds a prima facie case for promoting personality diversity in management institutions.


Neha Garg, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Business School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India.

Payal Anand, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, Kerala, India.

Khadija Ali Vakeel, Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, United States.


Using the affect theory of social exchange, this study investigates the mediating role of students’ affective commitment between their personality traits (extraversion and agreeableness) and academic performance.


This research employs mixed-method study, that is exploratory text analysis using 123 responses followed by a survey of 300 responses among the management students to test the proposed model.


Results reveal a direct positive association of extraversion and agreeableness with students’ affective commitment towards their academic institution. Additionally, negative indirect effects of affective commitment were found between the two personality traits and academic performance.


The study highlights both positive and negative outcomes of so-called favorable personality types of extraversions and agreeableness, thereby, building a prima facie case for promoting personality diversity in management institutions.

Published in: International Journal of Educational Management

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