Investigation of employee tenure as related to relationships of personality and personal values of entrepreneurs and their perceptions of their employees

by Takeda, Becky H., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2007, 157 pages; 3288818


The purpose of the study was to investigate the differences and similarities in personal values and personalities between entrepreneurs and their employees and examine their impact on employee tenure. This study examined the relationship between entrepreneur self-reported values and personality traits, and their perception of their longest-tenured and most-recently-departed employees' values and traits. Data was collected through an online survey which incorporated the established instruments: Rokeach Value Survey (RVS), and the Big Five Inventory (BFI). The statistical analysis of the data found significant differences (p<.05) in (a) values between the two employee types, (b) values between entrepreneurs and employees, (c) personality dimensions between entrepreneurs and employees, and (d) personality dimensions of Agreeableness and Conscientiousness between the employee types. The analysis also found a positive correlation between values of entrepreneurs and employees.

AdviserJames W. Mirabella
Source TypeDissertation
Publication Number3288818

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