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Employees are an important driving force in the development and performance of organizations. There are many intervention programs in organizations aiming to best utilize their human resources, the effects might vary on different employees depending on their personality compositions. With the shifting focus of employees to personal and professional development, it is essential to differentiate talent maintenance programs and internal control systems to cater to the needs and general tendencies of the employees.

The PhD project aims to study how deviant behaviors manifest differently among employees, and what targeted strategies can be developed to boost proactive behaviors. In particular, how employees with dark personality act and react in various situations. The project would also tap into the motivations of why certain employees engage in proactive behaviors. The research would mostly use quantitative methods and experiments to isolate effects, to understand the antecedents and/or motivations of employees’ organizational behaviors.