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Case Title:

Personality: Who is Responsible?

Publication Month and Year :  June 2009

Author:  Dr. G. Prageetha Raju

Industry:  Not Applicable

Region: US

Case Code:  OB0005

Teaching Note:  Available

Structured Assignment:  Not Available

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This case analyses the contrasting personality types of two stepbrothers, Rajesh and Sushil. Sushil and his sister Mansi are brutally ill treated by Sunitha, their stepmother. Their maternal uncle takes Sushil and Mansi away as he could not bear the torture that the children were going through. Rajesh grows up to be a spoilt brat and falls prey to bad habits. He falls in love with ordinary looking Chitra and marries her only to usurp her money. Chitra tries her level best to mend him but in vain. He loses every penny and is unable to repay mounting debts and finally dies in despair. Chitra becomes all alone in this world and seeks employment in a cable company to support herself and her son. The chairman of that company Sushil, a widower, is noted for his hard work, generosity and positive behaviour. In due course, Sushil comes to know that Chitra is none other than his stepbrother Rajesh’s wife. He helps her to overcome her problems and finally Sushil and Chitra tie the knot.

Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To understand the different personality theories
  • To understand the factors which shape an individual’s personality.

Keywords :  Personality, personality determinants, heredity, environment, personality traits, big five model, extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability, openess to experience, machiavellianism, Organizational Behavior, OB, Organizational Behavior case study, Motivation Case Study, MBA, MBA Program, Course Mapping


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