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You and Your Technostress: Relating Personality Dimensions to ICT-Related Stress

24 Pages Posted: 5 May 2016  

Pawel Korzynski

Kozminski University

Elizabeth Florent-Treacy

INSEAD Executive Degree Programmes

Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries

INSEAD - Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

Date Written: May 4, 2016

Abstract

Personality trait research with self and observer ratings has been previously applied in psychology, however, in the HRM field, most studies on personality features have been limited to self-assessment data. We investigate how personality is associated with the stress related to the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) which has been termed by a number of scholars as technostress. Drawing from both prior research on personality dimensions and studies on antecedents of technostress, we examine the relationship between technostress creators and technostress antecedents such as personality traits, differences between self and observer ratings, availability through ICTs and use of ICTs. Our findings, based on ordered regression analysis, show that pseudo-extraverts and pseudo-conscientious individuals are likely to experience lower levels of techno-invasion. Moreover, results demonstrate that individuals with high levels of conscientiousness and extraversion tend to have higher levels of techno-insecurity and techno-overload, respectively. Finally, we also find that increased availability through ICTs is associated with high levels of techno-invasion. Interestingly, the use of ICTs has a negative effect on technostress. The implications of these findings are discussed, and directions for future research are suggested.

Keywords: Technostress, Personality Assessment, Information and Communication Technologies

Suggested Citation

Korzynski, Pawel and Florent-Treacy, Elizabeth and Kets de Vries, Manfred F.R., You and Your Technostress: Relating Personality Dimensions to ICT-Related Stress (May 4, 2016). INSEAD Working Paper No. 2016/31/EFE. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2775201 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2775201

Pawel Korzynski

Kozminski University ( email )

ul. JagielloDska 57/59
Warsaw, 03-303
Poland

Elizabeth Florent-Treacy (Contact Author)

INSEAD Executive Degree Programmes ( email )

INSEAD
bd de Constance
Fontainebleau Cedex, 77305
France

Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries

INSEAD - Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise ( email )

Fontainebleau Cedex, F-77305
France

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