We are increasingly observing the grave consequences of highly visible dishonest and fraudulent behavior or “bad” character by too many of our business and political leaders. Without question, not only individual, but also group and organizational well-being is consistently tested by these scandals. While growing rapidly in interest, the topic of character continues to remain muddled. Topics worthy of further consideration might include:
· How can character be best conceptualized in the original sciences?
· What role does individual character play in one’s well-being, job and life satisfaction, and performance and achievement?
· Are there cultural differences in what constitutes character and are they important?
· Can an individual of “good” character survive in a “bad” character organization?
· Does one’s character change over time and how does it change?
· Is character different from an individual’s personality and values?
We are very pleased to announce that our 2019 JMI Scholars will be K. Michele (Micki) Kacmar (Texas State University, San Marcos) and Barry M. Straw (University of California, Berkeley). More information about the conference will be posted on wamonline.org this summer. For any further questions you can contact the Program Chair, Thomas A. Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to welcoming all of you to Rohnert Park, California for WAM 2019!