Assessing the status of locus of control as an indicator of core self-evaluations

Johnson, Russell E., Rosen, Christopher C., Chang, Chu-Hsiang (Daisy) and Lin, Szu-Han (Joanna) 2016, Assessing the status of locus of control as an indicator of core self-evaluations, Personality and individual differences, vol. 90, pp. 155-162, doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.11.002.

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Title Assessing the status of locus of control as an indicator of core self-evaluations
Author(s) Johnson, Russell E.
Rosen, Christopher C.
Chang, Chu-Hsiang (Daisy)
Lin, Szu-Han (Joanna)
Journal name Personality and individual differences
Volume number 90
Start page 155
End page 162
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-02
ISSN 0191-8869
Keyword(s) core self-evaluation
locus of control
higher-order constructs
common method variance
Summary Although core self-evaluation (CSE) is a significant personality predictor of work outcomes, additional research that assesses the structural validity of CSE is needed. It has been suggested that the inclusion of locus of control may have biased past CSE findings because this trait is better suited as a core evaluation of the environment. We investigated this issue in the current study. In Studies 1 and 2 we assessed the factor structure of the CSE factor after controlling for common method variance, which is a salient threat to the validity of higher-order constructs. We found that locus of control no longer loaded on CSE when we controlled for social desirability (Study 1) and when the traits were measured at different times (Study 2). To directly test whether locus of control is better suited as a core evaluation of the environment, in Study 3 we primed 110 employees to think about the predictability of their work environment. Results of this experiment revealed that ratings of locus of control changed as a function of the environment-based manipulation, whereas ratings of the other traits did not. Our research suggests that locus of control may not be an appropriate indicator of CSE.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.paid.2015.11.002
Field of Research 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
Socio Economic Objective 910402 Management
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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