75th Annual Conference of the Academy of Management at Vancouver, Brit. Columb., CAN. 7-11. August, 2015
On one hand, psychopaths tend to be callous, emotionally deficient, aggressive,
self promoting, impulsive, and pursuant of unmitigated agency regardless of the extent to which it comes at the expense of others. On the other hand, by all accounts, psychopaths tend to be charming, seductive, self-confident, composed, risk-seeking, and adept at impression management (Babiak & Hare, 2006; Paulhus & Williams, 2002). Therefore, the purpose of this study was to reconcile these contrasting positions by examining whether (non-violent) psychopaths truly can be “successful” in the workplace. Drawing on socioanalytic theory (Hogan, 1983), we hypothesized that psychopaths in possession of political skill would be better able to package, conceal, and/or restrain their desires to get ahead in such a way as to be perceived as less counterproductive and more adaptive. Results provided support for these hypotheses. Implications for theory, practice, and future research are provided in light of a number of notable strengths and limitations.
Original Publication Citation
Schuette, N., Blickle, G., Frieder, R., Schnitzler, F., Heupel, J., & Zettler, I. (2015). Political skill moderates the success of psychopaths at the workplace. Paper presented at the 75th Annual Conference of the Academy of Management at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada., August 7-11, 2015.
Schütte, N.; Blickle, G.; Frieder, R.; Schnitzler, F.; and Heupel, J., "Political Skill Moderates the Success of Psychopaths at the Workplace" (2015). Management Faculty Publications. 21.