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Ex-ante responsibility: a trait perspective

Top, A. (2019) Ex-ante responsibility: a trait perspective.

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Abstract:Responsibility is one of the most important instigators of behaviour and action in people. Nevertheless, responsibility is generally viewed as a form of accountability after an event (ex-post responsibility). It is not commonly viewed or studied as a factor of influence before an event (ex-ante responsibility). The lack of ex-ante responsibility research seems to be counterintuitive and a shortcoming in the responsibility research field. This study aimed to reduce this shortcoming through means of the development of a self-report survey on ex-ante responsibility from a trait perspective. A definition of ex-ante responsibility was first developed, which was then used to generate an item pool for the ex-ante responsibility self-report survey. The survey was validated in an expert study after which it was used to gather data from the KI&S employees (Dutch Tax Office call centre). The data were subjected to correlation, regression, and moderation analyses to investigate correlates with HEXACO personality traits and to investigate possible trait-like properties in ex-ante responsibility. Half of all possible correlations, between ex-ante responsibility and personality traits, were found to be significant. Moreover, six of the nine hypothesized relations between various HEXACO factors and the ex-ante responsibility facets were confirmed. It was concluded that ex-ante responsibility and its facets have trait-like qualities.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:71 sociology, 77 psychology, 79 andragology
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Keywords:Development, Self-report, Ex-ante responsibility, Responsibility facets, Personality traits
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