Date of Award

Spring 3-30-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Psychology



First Advisor

Horvath, Michael

Second Advisor

Goncy, Elizabeth

Third Advisor

Nordlund, Matthew

Subject Headings

Organizational Behavior, Psychology


This research attempted to answer the question if it possible to predict an individual’s boundary management strategies by using their personality traits. Participants (N = 99) were recruited on the website LinkedIn to answer a survey that included questions about their personality traits, their workplace culture around boundary management, the type of boundary management strategy they preferred to use, and the strategies they used. The traits Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, and Agreeableness were found to be significant personality traits to use when predicting preferred boundary management strategies with a moderately strong relationship to preferring Segmentation boundary management strategies. Contrary to previous research, my data suggest that Neuroticism has a weak relationship with preference for Segmentation boundary management. It was also found that segmentation preferences and workplace segmentation culture showed no significant mediation or moderating effects. Finally, the data suggest that a workplace’s boundary management culture affects participants’ use of boundary management strategies.

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