Successful Psychopaths: Are They Unethical Decision-Makers and Why?
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Successful psychopaths, defined as individuals in the general population who nevertheless possess some degree of psychopathic traits, are receiving increasing amounts of empirical attention. To date, little is known about such individuals, specifically with regard to how they respond to ethical dilemmas in business contexts. This study investigated this relationship, proposing a mediated model in which the positive relationship between psychopathy and unethical decision-making is explained through the process of moral disengagement, defined as a cognitive orientation that facilitates unethical choice. The results of the study supported this model, and implications for theory and practice are discussed.
- Successful Psychopaths: Are They Unethical Decision-Makers and Why?
Journal of Business Ethics
Volume 105, Issue 2 , pp 139-149
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- Ethical business scenarios
- Moral disengagement
- Subclinical psychopathy
- Successful psychopaths
- Unethical decision-making
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- 1. Department of Psychology, Auburn University, 226 Thach Hall, Auburn, AL, 36849-5214, USA
- 2. Department of Psychology, Roosevelt University, Office SCH360-F, 1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Schaumburg, IL, 60173, USA
- 3. Department of Management, Auburn University, 415 College of Business, Auburn, AL, 36849, USA