The Dark Side of Personality at Work

International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Forthcoming

41 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2013

See all articles by Seth M. Spain

Seth M. Spain

Concordia University - JMSB

P. Harms

University of Nebraska at Lincoln

James LeBreton

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Psychology

Date Written: August 15, 2013

Abstract

Although there has been increasing interest in dark personality traits in the organizational sciences, these characteristics remain relatively understudied and somewhat misunderstood. The present manuscript aims to clarify some of the issues surrounding dark personality traits by discussing the history of dark personality traits, how they relate to normal personality traits, their relative importance as determinants of organizational outcomes, and measurement issues surrounding the assessment of these characteristics. We will then discuss potential future directions for research investigating the causes and consequences of these traits as well as providing guidance on the implementation of dark personality assessment in the workplace for selection and training.

Keywords: dark side, personality, work behavior, Dark Triad, sub-clinical personality traits

Suggested Citation

Spain, Seth Michael and Harms, P. and LeBreton, James, The Dark Side of Personality at Work (August 15, 2013). International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Forthcoming . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2310814

Seth Michael Spain (Contact Author)

Concordia University - JMSB ( email )

1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Montreal, QC H3G 1M8
Canada

P. Harms

University of Nebraska at Lincoln ( email )

Lincoln, NE 68588
United States

James LeBreton

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Psychology ( email )

University Park
State College, PA 16802
United States

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