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Extreme managers, extreme workplaces: capitalism, organizations and corporate psychopaths


Boddy, C and Miles, D and Sanyal, C and Hartog, M, Extreme managers, extreme workplaces: capitalism, organizations and corporate psychopaths, Organization, 22, (4) pp. 530-551. ISSN 1350-5084 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1350508415572508


This article reports on qualitative research carried out in England in 2013. Participants were five organizational directors and two senior managers who had worked with six corporate psychopaths, as determined by a management psychopathy measure. The corporate psychopaths reported on displayed consistency in their approach to management. This approach was marked by high levels of abusive control. The corporate psychopaths were seen as being organizational stars and as deserving of awards by those above them, while they simultaneously subjected those below them to extreme behaviour, including bullying, intimidation and coercion. The corporate psychopaths also engaged in extreme forms of mismanagement characterized by poor personnel management, directionless leadership, mismanagement of resources and fraud.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:abusive management, corporate psychopaths, extreme managers, extreme workplaces, neoliberal capitalism, organizations
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, C (Professor Clive Boddy)
ID Code:128019
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:38
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2018-08-28
Last Modified:2018-09-11

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