Autonomy as a Moderator of the Relationships Between the Big Five Personality Dimensions and Job Performance Academic Article uri icon


  • In this study we investigated the moderating role of autonomy on the relationships between the Big Five personality dimensions and supervisor ratings of job performance. On the basis of data from 146 managers, results indicated that two dimensions of personality, Conscientiousness (r =.25) and Extraversion (r =.14), were significantly related to job performance. Consistent with our expectations, the validity of Conscientiousness and Extraversion was greater for managers in jobs high in autonomy compared with those in jobs low in autonomy. The validity of Agreeableness was also higher in high-autonomy jobs compared with low-autonomy ones, but the correlation was negative. These findings suggest that degree of autonomy in the job moderates the validity of at least some personality predictors. Implications for future research are noted.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Applied Psychology

author list (cited authors)

  • Barrick, M. R., & Mount, M. K.

citation count

  • 584

complete list of authors

  • Barrick, Murray R||Mount, Michael K

publication date

  • January 1993