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Organisational psychopaths: a ten year update

Clive Roland Boddy (Department of Leadership, Work and Organisations, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 16 November 2015




This current paper reviews the theoretical speculations concerning psychopaths in the workplace that were originally presented in a paper published in this journal in 2006. The 2006 paper was called: “The Dark Side of Management Decisions: Organisational Psychopaths”.


This is a review of the literature on workplace psychopaths since 2006.


This current paper determines that while many of these prior speculations about workplace psychopaths have since been supported by evidence, several others remain unexplored. This finding suggests that several important avenues for further research remain in this important area. In particular, links between corporate psychopaths, bullying and lowered corporate social responsibility have been established. On the other hand, links between corporate psychopaths, career advancement, fraud, and corporate failure as exemplified in the 2007 global financial crisis, have been under-explored.

Social implications

Corporate psychopaths are worthy of further research because of their impact on society, for example on corporate social responsibility and their willingness to dump toxic waste material illegally.


The paper provides an extensive review of research into corporate psychopaths to date and highlights areas where further investigation would be potentially rewarding.



Boddy, C.R. (2015), "Organisational psychopaths: a ten year update", Management Decision, Vol. 53 No. 10, pp. 2407-2432.



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