—Conflicts are one of the indispensible parts of
organizations life. Managing conflicts is issue that is to be
considered to solve the said problem and to overcome the
negative impacts of conflicts at work place. This paper is aimed
to examine relationship between personality traits and
preferred conflict handling style. Big five traits model are
selected for personality assessment. Big five personality factors
are extroversion, conscientiousness, openness to experience,
emotional stability and agreeableness. Conflict handling styles
are compromising, competing, avoiding, accommodating and
collaborating. This paper covers two personality traits
Extraversion and Openness to experience and only two conflict
handling styles i.e. avoiding and competing. A total of 300
students are randomly selected for data collection. Description
and correlation is used for analysis. Findings suggest that there
is significant relationship between personality type and conflict
handling style adopted by individuals. Implications of the study
for future researchers as well as practical implications are
discussed in the paper.
—Personality, Big five traits, Students, Future
Managers, Extraversion, Openness to experience, Conflict
handling styles, Avoiding, Competing.
All the authors are Lecturers in Hailey College of Commerce, University
of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.
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Cite:Ishfaq Ahmed, Muhammad Musarrat Nawaz, Muhammad Zeeshan Shaukat and Ahmad Usman, "Personality Does Affect Conflict Handling Style: Study of Future Managers," International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance vol.1, no.3, pp. 268-270, 2010.