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Research Project
The Effects of Optimism and Willingness to Trust on Work-Related Attitudes and Behaviors

This project will help determine whether certain individual differences among commercial truck drivers influence work-related behaviors and attitudes. Results of this study are expected to provide the carrier with evidence to support hypotheses about greater performance-related outcomes of drivers who are grouped on particular personality and attitudinal factors. More specifically, the goals are:

  1. To determine whether individual differences such as optimism and trust can predict turnover, job satisfaction, and other work-related behaviors of new drivers
  2. To investigate potential changes in these individual characteristics up to the first six months with a national commercial trucking company

Final Report

Date: July 1997
Authors: Lynn Kalnbach and Brenda Lantz
Completed Report: MPC-97-75

For more information about this project, please email Brenda Lantz brenda.lantz@ndsu.edu.

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050