Organizational Personality

People's personalities effect a lot of the things that they do and what they succeed. The same goes for an organization's personality, according to Vincent Natoli Jr., a writer for Executive Excellence.  Personality traits for people are relatable for personality traits of organizations. Traits such as authoritarianism, punitiveness, employee conformity and participation, and organizational socialization can be related to success or failure in personal and organizational goals.

Organizations such as prisons are high on the scale of punitiveness and authoritarianism while others such as charities and religious institutions use the least authoritarianism and the most "employee" participation. Such organizations are on opposite ends of the spectrum, but these factors definitely help predict organizational behavior according to Jennifer Chatman, of Berkeley and Sigal Barsade, of Yale. Organizations that are high in authoritarianism are low in motivation and commitment. Those that have a high amount of punitive measures show low employee empowerment and low performance appraisals. Employee conformity and participations leads to productivity, learning, involvement, autonomy, creativity, and more important factors. Organizations that are high in organizational socialization are likely to be disciplined, stable, high productivity, high motivation, high performance, but bureaucratic control and employee stress.

Personality is something to keep in mind when planning a successful merger, as employees that are low in participation would not produce well when mixed in with a high participation organization. It may lead to employee stress and lowered commitment. When people interact with each other, personalities either mesh or they don't. The same goes for merging organizations.


Works Cited

Natoli, Vincent J., Jr. "Successfully Managing Employees." Marketing & Management. Spindle Publishing Company, n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2014.

Chatman, Jennifer A., and Sigal G. Barsade. Personality, Organizational Culture, and Cooperation: Evidence from a Business Simulation. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2014.