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Publication Date

Fall 2017

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Megumi Hosoda

Subject Areas



Previous research has shown that personality traits are related to interpersonal and organizational deviant work behaviors. However, little attention has been paid to the potential moderators of the relationships between personality traits and deviant work behaviors. Therefore, the present study proposed that transformational leadership moderates the relationship between three personality traits (conscientiousness, agreeableness, and neuroticism) and deviant work behaviors (interpersonal and organizational). Results of surveys from 132 employees from various industries showed that these personality traits predicted both types of deviant behaviors. Although transformational leadership did not moderate the relationship between the personality traits and either interpersonal or organizational deviant work behaviors, it predicted both types of deviant work behaviors above and beyond the influence of the personality traits. Additional analyses demonstrated that individual dimensions of transformational leadership – providing individualized support and high expectations – did moderate the relationship between personality and interpersonal deviant work behaviors. These results suggest that some individual dimensions of transformational leadership might be more important than other dimensions of transformational leadership as potential moderators of the relationship between in personality and deviant work behaviors.