• ISSN: 2010-023X
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    • DOI: 10.18178/IJTEF
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IJTEF 2010 Vol.1(3): 268-270 ISSN: 2010-023X
DOI: 10.7763/IJTEF.2010.V1.48

Personality Does Affect Conflict Handling Style: Study of Future Managers

Ishfaq Ahmed, Muhammad Musarrat Nawaz, Muhammad Zeeshan Shaukat and Ahmad Usman
Abstract—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.

Index Terms—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. Emails are: ishfakahmed@gmail.com, musaratnawaz@gmail.com, mzeeshan.shaukat@gmail.com, a.usman@live.com.

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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.

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