Special Issue Paper
Corporate psychopathy: Talking the walk†
Article first published online: 6 APR 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Behavioral Sciences & the Law
Special Issue: International Perspectives on Psychopathy, An Update
Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 174–193, March/April 2010
How to Cite
Babiak, P., Neumann, C. S. and Hare, R. D. (2010), Corporate psychopathy: Talking the walk. Behav. Sci. Law, 28: 174–193. doi: 10.1002/bsl.925
The authors would like to thank the corporations and management personnel who made this research possible and Kylie Neufeld for her help in preparing this article.
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 6 APR 2010
There is a very large literature on the important role of psychopathy in the criminal justice system. We know much less about corporate psychopathy and its implications, in large part because of the difficulty in obtaining the active cooperation of business organizations. This has left us with only a few small-sample studies, anecdotes, and speculation. In this study, we had a unique opportunity to examine psychopathy and its correlates in a sample of 203 corporate professionals selected by their companies to participate in management development programs. The correlates included demographic and status variables, as well as in-house 360° assessments and performance ratings. The prevalence of psychopathic traits—as measured by the Psychopathy Checklist—Revised (PCL-R) and a Psychopathy Checklist: Screening Version (PCL: SV) “equivalent”—was higher than that found in community samples. The results of confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and structural equation modeling (SEM) indicated that the underlying latent structure of psychopathy in our corporate sample was consistent with that model found in community and offender studies. Psychopathy was positively associated with in-house ratings of charisma/presentation style (creativity, good strategic thinking and communication skills) but negatively associated with ratings of responsibility/performance (being a team player, management skills, and overall accomplishments). Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.