Corporate Law and Corporate Psychopaths

Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 2020

50 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2020

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Benedict Sheehy

University of Canberra

Clive Boddy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Brendon Murphy

University of Newcastle (Australia) - Newcastle Law School

Date Written: June 26, 2020

Abstract

For more than three decades there has been a growing interest, and concern, in the role that psychopathy plays in corporate affairs. The literature in this field is essentially interdisciplinary, drawing heavily on advances in neuroscience, behavioural and organisational psychology and criminology. In this paper that authors open a line of enquiry on the role that law can play in the regulation, and remedies, available to deal with dysfunctional and psychopathic management. In this paper we argue that the impact of corporate psychopaths – particularly the sub-clinical types – is sometimes potentially devastating for the organisation, its mission, its employees and, where they exist, shareholders. In this article we outline the nature of corporate psychopathy, its impact on corporate entities, and outline a range of potential legal remedies.

Keywords: Corporate psychopaths, Directors Duties, Dark Triad

Suggested Citation

Sheehy, Benedict and Boddy, Clive and Murphy, Brendon, Corporate Law and Corporate Psychopaths (June 26, 2020). Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3668064

Benedict Sheehy (Contact Author)

University of Canberra ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Clive Boddy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Brendon Murphy

University of Newcastle (Australia) - Newcastle Law School ( email )

1 University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia

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