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A Study on Civil Servants’ Personality Types Using MBTI and Organizational Commitment in Local Governments

  • Journal of Regional Studies and Development
  • Abbr : JRSD
  • 2015, 24(1), pp.361-388
  • Publisher : Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development: IPAID
  • Research Area : Social Science > Area Studies > Regional Studies in general > Comparative / Statistical Regional Studies

Park, Young Mi 1

1초당대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to examine the relations between civil servants' personality types and organizational commitment. Recently civil servants' qualities is often regarded as one of the most significant trends in the history of local autonomy. The focus is on the civil servants who work closely with people and their problems. But there is limited information about applying the MBTI to civil servants or using it in public work in Korea. The purpose of this study is to find out personality types of civil servants using MBTI, to identify dominant type of decision making, and to analyze the relations between personality types of civil servants using MBTI and the organizational commitment in local governments. The subjects are from 264 civil servants working at the Halls of three local governments-Jeonnam province, Muan county, and Hampyeong county. Personnel included in the sample had agreed to participate in the study. The questionnaires were submitted to those available and volunteering to participate in the research after necessary information and explanation had been given to them. For this study data were collected through November 2013 and analyzed by using SPSS Win. package. The findings of this study are as follows. First, the type distribution for civil servants in the present study demonstrates clear preferences for extraversion over introversion, for sensing over intuition, for thinking over feeling, and for judging over perceiving(E-S-T-J). In terms of decision making style, ST (Sensing-Thinking) style is the most dominant. Second, organizational commitment in accordance with demographical attributes is positively linked to gender and local government. Third, thinking type(T) in MBTI is preferable at continuance commitment in the analysis of relationship between MBTI typesand organizational commitment. Under the control of gender and local government, T/F in MBTI indicator is preferable at affective commitment, the interaction of S/N and T/F at affective commitment, the interaction of E/I, S/N and T/F at continuance and normative commitment, and the interaction of E/I, S/N and J/P at continuance and normative commitment respectively. These findings can help field leaders and public managers increase their effectiveness in personnel management and enhance the personnel's qualities required for administrative work in the age of local autonomy.

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