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Organisational psychopaths: a ten year update


Boddy, CR, Organisational psychopaths: a ten year update, Management Decision, 53, (10) pp. 2407-2432. ISSN 0025-1747 (2015) [Substantial Review]

DOI: doi:10.1108/MD-04-2015-0114


Purpose: This current paper reviews the theoretical speculations concerning psychopaths in the workplace that were originally presented in a paper published in this journal in 2006. The 2006 paper was called: "The Dark Side of Management Decisions: Organisational Psychopaths".

Design/methodology/approach: This is a review of the literature on workplace psychopaths since 2006.

Findings: This current paper determines that while many of these prior speculations about workplace psychopaths have since been supported by evidence, several others remain unexplored. This finding suggests that several important avenues for further research remain in this important area. In particular, links between corporate psychopaths, bullying and lowered corporate social responsibility have been established. On the other hand, links between corporate psychopaths, career advancement, fraud, and corporate failure as exemplified in the 2007 global financial crisis, have been under-explored.

Social implications: Corporate psychopaths are worthy of further research because of their impact on society, for example on corporate social responsibility and their willingness to dump toxic waste material illegally.

Originality/value: The paper provides an extensive review of research into corporate psychopaths to date and highlights areas where further investigation would be potentially rewarding.

Item Details

Item Type:Substantial Review
Keywords:global financial crisis, toxic leadership, corporate psychopaths, dark triad, organisational psychopaths
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisational behaviour
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services
UTAS Author:Boddy, CR (Professor Clive Boddy)
ID Code:128018
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:42
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2018-08-28
Last Modified:2018-08-28

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