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Publication Date

Fall 2012

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Howard Tokunaga


Affectivity, Impulsivity, Workplace deviance

Subject Areas

Organizational behavior


Workplace deviance can significantly harm or benefit an organization, depending on whether the deviance is destructive or constructive. Therefore, it is important to understand what personality traits play a role in an individual's decision to engage in deviance. Using survey data obtained from 133 participants, we examined affectivity and impulsivity as predictors of workplace destructive and constructive deviance. Negative affectivity was a predictor of destructive deviance, and positive affectivity was a predictor of constructive deviance. Furthermore, dysfunctional impulsivity was a predictor of interpersonal destructive deviance, and functional impulsivity was a predictor of innovative constructive deviance. Both affectivity and impulsivity were important predictors of workplace deviance, with affectivity being a better predictor than impulsivity. These results suggest that organizations should conduct personality testing before hiring and include items measuring affectivity, impulsivity, and both types of workplace deviance.