The Predisposition Test

14 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2009

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James G. Clawson

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business


This note presents and describes the Predisposition Test, devised by Jay Lorsch and John Morse in their book Organizations and Their Members. The test was also published in Self-Assessment and Career Development (third edition) by James Clawson et al. Students may take the test and then use the text to guide themselves through the interpretation of the results. The test assesses predisposition for solitude, tolerance for ambiguity, and preference for autonomy.




This instrument is intended to explore your psychological predispositions. This is important, because our psychological tendencies shape our behavior, especially in the workplace. Note that there is no right or wrong answer. The best answer is the one that most accurately describes the way you think you are.

Follow the instructions carefully. When you have completed the test, read the scoring and interpretation sections of this note.


For each of the statements on the following page, please draw a circle around:

. . .

Keywords: career managment, self-assessment, alternative business issue or setting

Suggested Citation

Clawson, James G., The Predisposition Test. Darden Case No. UVA-PACS-0083, Available at SSRN:

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