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Corporate law and corporate psychopaths


Sheehy, B and Boddy, C and Murphy, B, Corporate law and corporate psychopaths, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law pp. 1-29. ISSN 1934-1687 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13218719.2020.1795000


For more than three decades there has been a growing interest, and concern, in the role that psychopathy plays in corporate affairs. The literature in this field is essentially interdisciplinary, drawing heavily on advances in neuroscience, behavioural and organisational psychology and criminology. In this paper, the authors open a line of enquiry on the role that law can play in the regulation, and remedies, available to deal with dysfunctional and psychopathic management. In this paper we argue that the impact of corporate psychopaths particularly the sub-clinical types is sometimes potentially devastating for the organisation, its mission, its employees and, where they exist, shareholders. In this article we outline the nature of corporate psychopathy and its impact on corporate entities and outline a range of potential legal remedies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:corporate law, corporate psychopaths, psychopathy, law
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Industrial and employee relations
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Property, business support services and trade
Objective Field:Professional, scientific and technical services
UTAS Author:Boddy, C (Professor Clive Boddy)
ID Code:141324
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2020-10-14
Last Modified:2021-04-26

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