Symposium 877 - How Are The Dark Ones Doing At Work? Uncovering Mechanisms And Moderators Of The Outcomes Of Machiavellianism, Narcissism, And Psychopathy

Antecedents of constructive/destructive leadership
Thursday May 18   04:15 PM to 05:45 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
Leadership and management
Antecedents of constructive/destructive leadership
How Are the Dark Ones Doing at Work? Uncovering Mechanisms and Moderators of the Outcomes of Machiavellianism, Narcissism, and Psychopathy
M. Hamstra 1, S. Sanders 2,*
1Maastricht University, Maastricht, 2University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Main Abstract Content: State of the art: Dark traits (in particular referring to Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy) and their impact on workplace outcomes has received increasing attention from organizational scholars. However, the state of the art of this literature has remained relatively restricted to correlations between these traits and certain outcomes. As such, our knowledge is limited in terms of why (mechanisms) and when (moderators) these three dark traits do or do not lead to detrimental outcomes, or whether there are conditions under which they could even have beneficial outcomes.
New perspectives/contributions: The proposed symposium hosts six interrelated contributions that provide an important impetus in dark trait work and organizational psychology by moving toward a fuller understanding of these mechanisms and conditions. For each of the three traits, two projects are included from a combination of developing and established dark trait researchers.
Research/practical implications: This symposium advances dark trait theory by presenting novel research that addresses the mechanisms underlying their effects and the conditions under which these effects occur. Practically, mechanisms can point out what to look for in identifying the dark ones at work, as well as pointing out where to possibly intervene to mitigate consequences, while conditions shed light on what can be done to prevent the dark traits from being shown, to also combat their effects, and, perhaps even, to channel their influence for the good of the organization.


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