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The bright and dark sides of the Dark Triad traits among senior managers: effects on organizational commitment

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posted on 2023-06-02, 14:42 authored by Beate Cesinger, Katherine Gundolf, Mathew Hughes, Anis Khedhaouria, Francesco Montani
Senior managers play a fundamental role in organizations. They shape organizational strategy and culture, set the mission, including opportunities for new markets, and construct the business models. Their commitment to the organization is vital to organizational performance, yet research on personality traits of senior managers and their commitment to organizations is limited. Drawing on self-affirmation theory, we investigate the consequences of senior managers’ ‘Dark Triad Traits’ (narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism) for their organizational commitment. We use the three-component model developed by Allen and Meyer (1990) to distinguish affective, continuance, and normative commitment. Our findings from a dataset of 394 senior French managers collected between 2017 and 2018 show that narcissism positively affects continuance commitment and normative commitment. This study contributes to a neglected stream of research investigating the relationship between dark triad traits and organizational commitment; contributes to ‘destigmatizing’ dark triad traits, often considered problematic for individuals; and adds to the minimal research currently on manager personality and organizational commitment.

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School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Review of Managerial Science

Volume

17

Issue

5

Pages

1731-1763

Publisher

Springer

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Authors

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Acceptance date

2022-07-05

Publication date

2022-08-29

Copyright date

2022

ISSN

1863-6683

eISSN

1863-6691

Language

  • en

Depositor

Prof Mat Hughes. Deposit date: 11 August 2022

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