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Dark Personalities in the Workplace

  • ID: 5146385
  • Book
  • March 2021
  • 250 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Dark Personalities in the Workplace defines dark personalities, their prevalence in the workplace, and how they are best managed. The book brings together research in psychology and business to both profile these employees and impart best practices for businesses to manage them. Chapters explore narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy in a work context. Coverage includes common behaviors such as incivility, negative attitudes, counterproductive behavior, harassment, bullying, violence and fraud. The importance of leadership and organizational culture is explored as a mitigating factor to the ill effects of dark personalities. Case studies, applied solutions and practical tools round out the discussion.

In addition, practical advice is given on how to avoid hiring dark personalities, avoid promoting dark personalities, and how to perform investigations and interventions with dark personalities.

  • Integrates psychology and business literature on dark personalities
  • Identifies common personality features and behaviors
  • Suggests HR protocols to avoid hiring dark personalities
  • Addresses how to manage and review performance for dark personalities
  • Explores the importance of leadership and organizational culture
  • Presents case studies and applied solutions
  • Provides recommendations for investigations and interventions
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1. Introduction
2. Defining dark personalities
3. Dark personalities and career choice
4. Dark personalities and employee selection process
5. Dark personalities and promotion
6. Dark personalities and leadership
7. Dark personalities, counterproductive work behavior and employee attitudes
8. Dark personalities and corporate fraud
9. General recommendations
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Mathieu, Cynthia
Cynthia Mathieu, PhD, is Professor of Organizational Behavior, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada. She consults with organizations, teaches, and actively engages in research and publications on employee selection and well-being, organizational fraud, leadership, narcissism, and psychopathy in the workplace.
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