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Corporate Psychopaths: uncaring citizens, irresponsible leaders


Boddy, CR, Corporate Psychopaths: uncaring citizens, irresponsible leaders, The Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 49 pp. 8-16. ISSN 1470-5001 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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This article suggests that because mankind may be simultaneously at a tipping point for unsustainability in multiple areas, then it is probably imperative that certain ruthless, unethical and psychopathic people be denied leadership positions. The article describes who corporate psychopaths are and how corporate psychopathy theory posits their rise to power. The article then outlines how corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability have declined, outlining specific cases of this. Then using the example of corporate psychopaths in the political sphere, the article demonstrates how psychopaths can influence society at levels that are out of all proportion to their incidence (of 1%) in the population. The article finishes by discussing the role of corporate psychopaths in the global financial crisis and concludes by suggesting that screening measures for psychopathy should be introduced for senior organisational positions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
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:128047
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2018-08-29
Last Modified:2018-09-12

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