Psychology of Work : A Myers Briggs Perspective

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Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
11 June 2020


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Module description

This module explores a number of topics in work psychology through both the academic field of work psychology (Arnold & Randall et al., 2016) and the lens of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
In terms of substantive topics, the material in this module is designed to build on your second year studies in organisational behaviour (BE410) and complement your studies in human resources management (BE433). The theoretical approach adopted is distinct from that of the optional module management psychology (BE434).
Work psychology has well established research on topics such as Stress, Career Management, Communication, Change and Conflict, and aspects of this research will be explored over the course of the term.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an internationally recognised model of personality. You will learn the fundamental structure and concepts used in the MBTI, as well as developing an understanding of your own 'psychological type' according to the theory. Over the course of the term it is expected that you will engage reflexively and critically with the theory of the MBTI and your own 'type'. Some teaching sessions will be in a workshop style to facilitate group learning and personal reflection.
Topics to be covered will include the origins, development, ethics and criticisms of the MBTI with detailed explication of the theory itself, comparison with Temperament theory (a comparable model of personality) and sessions exploring Stress, Career Management, Communication, Change and Conflict. These sessions will enable the critical evaluation of how the MBTI is applied to work-related issues.

Module aims

Module Aims

The twin purposes of this module are
(i) an academic and critical approach to considering selected topics in Work Psychology (such as Stress, Career Management, Communication, Change and Conflict), and in particular the impact of personality on these
(ii) to encourage you to consider your personality type in relation to future work and careers.

Module learning outcomes

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
1. demonstrate a broad understanding of selected topics in work psychology (such as Stress, Career Management, Communication, Change and Conflict);
2. demonstrate a detailed understanding of the origins, theoretical basis and ethical orientation of the MBTI, and how it is applied to topics in work psychology (such as Stress, Career Management, Communication, Change and Conflict);
3. demonstrate a detailed understanding of the similarities and differences between the MBTI and at least one other theory of personality;
4. show a reflexive awareness of the benefit of understanding personality dimensions of oneself and others, particularly with regard to work and careers

Module information

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

This module will enable you to develop the following transferable skills:
1. Written Communication, through writing the Coursework essay and examination
2. Critical Thinking, through reflection, analysis and critique
3. Digital and Technical Fluency – through use of Word processing, internet based searches, and library-based electronic research
4. Innovation and Curiosity – through exploration of work psychology and personality models
5. Personal Brand – through personal application of the MBTI

Learning and teaching methods

The module is normally delivered as follows:- The first learning and teaching session will be timetabled for three hours to allow time for all participants on the module to determine their Myers-Briggs type with confidence. Thereafter seminars will be weekly, for two hours each week. In academic year 2020-2021 the delivery is likely to be different and involve online learning.


  • Bayne, Rowan. (2004) Psychological types at work: an MBTI perspective, London: Thomson Learning. vol. Psychology at work

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   ASSIGNMENT     
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%


Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Simon Carmel, email:
Dr Simon Carmel



External examiner

Dr Natalia Slutskaya
University of Sussex
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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