Problem personalities in the workplace: Development of the corporate personality inventory

Katarina Fritzon, C Bailey, Simon Croom, N Brooks

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The notion that individuals with psychopathic personality characteristics exist in the corporate world is both a logical extension of the estimated community prevalence rates of the disorder, as well as a scientific hypothesis based on the observation that a number of the characteristics of the disorder could convey an advantage within this context (Crant & Bateman, 2000; Ketsde Vries & Miller, 1985). However, very little literature has actually tested the validity of the hypothesis, despite the proliferation of the idea in media portrayals and semi-academic publications (Babiak & Hare, 2006; Boddy, 2011b;Dutton, 2012). Given that psychopathy in its criminal manifestation has been shown to predict aggression and violent behaviour, the assumption has been that in a business setting those individuals with the disorder will be responsible for fraud (Blickle, Schlegel, Fassbender, & Klein, 2006), workplace bullying (Caponecchia, Sun, & Wyatt, 2012) and poor management (Babiak,Neumann, & Hare, 2010). Smith and Lilienfeld (2013) have, though, recently posited a ‘double-edged sword’ hypothesis, citing examples from studies that have shown positive characteristics including being a strategic thinker,being creative or innovative and successful leadership (Babiak et al., 2010;Lilienfeld, Waldman, Landfield, Watts, Rubenzer, & Faschingbauer, 2012).The present study seeks to further clarify the distinction between positive and negative manifestations of psychopathic personality characteristics in a corporate sample. The aims of the study include the development of an assessment tool to measure psychopathic personality traits in a business setting,as well as the elucidation of how these characteristics correlate with other validated measures relevant to psychopathy assessment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychology and law in Europe: When west meets east
EditorsP-A Granhag, R Bull, A Shaboltas, E Dozortseva
PublisherCRC Press
Chapter9
Pages139-165
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9781498780988
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Fritzon, K., Bailey, C., Croom, S., & Brooks, N. (2017). Problem personalities in the workplace: Development of the corporate personality inventory. In P-A. Granhag, R. Bull, A. Shaboltas, & E. Dozortseva (Eds.), Psychology and law in Europe: When west meets east (pp. 139-165). CRC Press.
Fritzon, Katarina ; Bailey, C ; Croom, Simon ; Brooks, N. / Problem personalities in the workplace: Development of the corporate personality inventory. Psychology and law in Europe: When west meets east. editor / P-A Granhag ; R Bull ; A Shaboltas ; E Dozortseva. CRC Press, 2017. pp. 139-165
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Fritzon, K, Bailey, C, Croom, S & Brooks, N 2017, Problem personalities in the workplace: Development of the corporate personality inventory. in P-A Granhag, R Bull, A Shaboltas & E Dozortseva (eds), Psychology and law in Europe: When west meets east. CRC Press, pp. 139-165.

Problem personalities in the workplace: Development of the corporate personality inventory. / Fritzon, Katarina; Bailey, C; Croom, Simon; Brooks, N.

Psychology and law in Europe: When west meets east. ed. / P-A Granhag; R Bull; A Shaboltas; E Dozortseva. CRC Press, 2017. p. 139-165.

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Fritzon K, Bailey C, Croom S, Brooks N. Problem personalities in the workplace: Development of the corporate personality inventory. In Granhag P-A, Bull R, Shaboltas A, Dozortseva E, editors, Psychology and law in Europe: When west meets east. CRC Press. 2017. p. 139-165