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The relationship between Kolb's experiential learning styles and Big Five personality traits in international managers

Li, Ming; Armstrong, Steven J.

Authors

Ming Li

Steven J. Armstrong

Abstract

This study investigates the relationship between learning style and personality in international managers. Two-hundred-and-sixty-nine managers completed the NEO Five Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI) and Kolb’s Learning Style Inventory (KLSI 3.1). Regression analyses revealed that extraverted managers: have a preference for grasping new experience by engaging in concrete experience rather than abstract conceptualization; prefer to transform experience via active experimentation rather than reflective observation; and tend to have an accommodative learning style. It was concluded that whilst Kolb’s experiential learning style construct is associated with personality, it is also distinct from personality.

Journal Article Type Other
Publication Date 2015-11
Journal Personality and individual differences
Print ISSN 0191-8869
Electronic ISSN 0191-8869
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 86
Pages 422-426
Institution Citation Li, M., & Armstrong, S. J. (2015). The relationship between Kolb's experiential learning styles and Big Five personality traits in international managers. Personality and individual differences, 86, 422-426. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.07.001
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.07.001
Keywords Personality; Learning style
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886915004420
Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Personality and individual differences, 2015, v.86.

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