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The Biological Foundations of Organizational Behavior$
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Stephen M. Colarelli and Richard D. Arvey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226127156

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226127293.001.0001

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Genetic Influences on Attitudes, Behaviors, and Emotions in the Workplace

Genetic Influences on Attitudes, Behaviors, and Emotions in the Workplace

(p.47) Three Genetic Influences on Attitudes, Behaviors, and Emotions in the Workplace
The Biological Foundations of Organizational Behavior

Remus Ilies

Nikolaos Dimotakis

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the ways in which biological and genetic factors can influence individual attitudes, cognition, and behavior at work. We argue that there are substantial genetic components to a number of individual difference factors. These effects can then relate directly or indirectly to affect, cognition, and behavior at work, with important implications for outcomes of interest to employees and employers. To illustrate this point, we summarize the available research on genetics in the workplace, and discuss how it relates to extant theories of workplace functioning. We also provide a primer on traditional methods used to examine the influence of genetic factors, discuss how individual differences in attitudes, emotional states, and behavioral tendencies interrelate, and provide general directions for future research.

Keywords:   genetic influences, heritability, work attitudes, organizational behavior, workplace functioning

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