Back to the sustainable future: The influence of the big five personality traits on consideration of future consequences

Hendrik Thelken*, Gjalt de Jong

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Despite consideration of future consequences as key for sustainability, the literature has not explained why individual variations in consideration of future consequences exist. Future consequences of decisions are important for sustainability because the benefits of sustainability goals might only be capitalized in the future, while their costs are incurred in the present. The aim of this study is to investigate the impact of the Big Five personality traits on individual variations of consideration of future consequences. This study is among the first to analyze this causal relationship using longitudinal data of 3,444 Dutch individuals. The empirical results highlight the importance of all Big Five personality traits either for short-term or for long-term consideration of future consequences. These findings contribute to the debate on the role of the future in sustainability decision-making by integrating psychology and future orientation literature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDe Gruyter Handbook of Sustainable Entrepreneurship Research
EditorsGjalt de Jong, Niels Faber, Emma Folmer, Tom Long, Berfu Ünal
PublisherDe Gruyter
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783110756159
ISBN (Print)9783110755978
Publication statusPublished - 4-Oct-2023

Publication series

NameDe Gruyter Handbooks in Business, Economics and Finance
PublisherDe Gruyter
ISSN (Print)2748-016X
ISSN (Electronic)2748-0178


  • Big Five personality traits
  • Consideration of future consequences
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship

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