We present new perspectives on the mediation hypothesis between personality, CQ and work behavior. We conducted a psychometric network analysis with data from 760 individuals in New Zealand. Our network identified two major dimensions, differentiating constructs along activity (behavior vs emotional constructs) and valence (contrasting negatively valenced constructs such as deviance from CQ and personality). Focusing on the mediation hypothesis, the results suggest that CQ and openness personality traits formed a single community cluster and that openness personality traits were more strongly related to other work attitudes and work behaviors. Overall, we found little evidence for possible mediation. Instead, CQ may form part of a larger individual difference construct cluster that captures desirable capabilities for organizations. We encourage further analyses using psychometric network models to provide deeper insights into how CQ may function in work organizations.
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