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Everything in Moderation? A Review of the Organisational Success of Individuals with Personality Dysfunction

Andrews, Holly, Jellis, Matthew, Francis-Smythe, Jan and Coxell, Adrian (2009) Everything in Moderation? A Review of the Organisational Success of Individuals with Personality Dysfunction. In: Research Focus One Day Conference Leadership & Management, 19 May 2009, University of Worcester. (Unpublished)


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Possession of psychopathic, narcissistic and Machiavellian traits is related to attraction to organisations and job roles that provide opportunities for rewards, autonomy and stimulation. Such individuals are likely to appear as good candidates and therefore be selected. Different perspectives on performance reveal different relationships todysfunctional traits. Some aspects of performance (e.g. sales) appear to be aided by dysfunctional traits whilst others are hampered (e.g. contextual performance).
Organisational structure also appears to impact upon the success of those with dysfunctional traits. These traits appear to be associated with a rise to leadership positions, but inbuilt character weaknesses are likely to become salient and may lead to career derailment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: psychopathy, narcissism, Machiavellianism, workplace, business, Research Focus Conference
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Holly Andrews
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2009 12:06
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 09:25

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