The Longitudinal Effect of Self-Monitoring and Locus of Control on Social Network Position in Friendship Networks
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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The purpose of this research was to identify how enduring personality characteristics predict a persons location in a network, locations which in turn affect outcomes such as performance. Specifically, this thesis examines how self-monitoring and locus of control influence an individuals location in a friendship social network over time. Hierarchical Linear Modeling HLM was used to analyze 28 groups of students and instructors at a military training course over six and one half weeks. Self-monitoring predicted betweenness centrality in five of six time periods while locus of control predicted betweenness centrality in three of six time periods. The moderation of self-monitoring on locus of control also determines social network centrality. A longitudinal analysis suggested that self-monitoring was not related to the rate of increase of centrality over time. Organizational leaders may benefit in better identifying influential social network employees by their personality make-up and assigning them where their impact will be most valuable.
- Sociology and Law