Teaching Note | HBS Case Collection | March 1998

Personality Types: The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (TN)

by David A. Thomas and Emily Heaphy


Describes a class design for teaching students about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The Ideal Organization exercise is the centerpiece of the class. It demonstrates that people with different cognitive types have distinct preferences for the type of environment in which they work. Students become aware that there are diverse ways of perceiving and analyzing organizations and identify their own ideal organization. Also includes a method of integrating the MBTI with another self-assessment instrument and a description of the international use of the MBTI note.

Keywords: Job Search; Working Conditions; Personal Development and Career; Situation or Environment; Perception; Integration;


Thomas, David A., and Emily Heaphy. "Personality Types: The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (TN)." Harvard Business School Teaching Note 498-069, March 1998.