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Title: The Upside to the Dark side : an empirical investigation into the moderators and mediators of the Dark Triad and work related outcomes
Author: Grover, Harsimran K.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7659 8766
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis was an empirical investigation of circumstances under which the Dark Triad traits may provide some benefit to individuals in the workplace or to organisations as a whole. Existing literature has found inconsistent relationships between the Dark Triad traits and workplace outcomes. An examination of the measurement instruments used to assess the Dark Triad in Chapter 2 found that the originally proposed three factor structure of the Short Dark Triad may be inaccurate. Further, Chapter 3 found that framing and priming participants to think of work during personality assessment explained greater variance in job satisfaction and self-report job performance. Furthermore, the sometimes negative, positive and non significant results found in the literature suggest the existence of moderator variables between the Dark Triad traits and work outcomes. Consequently, Chapter 4 examined whether the individual difference variables: self-monitoring, emotional intelligence and resilience, may buffer the negative effects of Dark Triad traits on career satisfaction and burnout. Emotional intelligence was the only variable found to both amplify the positive effects of the Dark Triad traits and attenuate the negative effects. In addition to moderator variables, mediator variables help researchers better understand the processes that underlie the relationships between personality traits and workplace outcomes. Chapter 5 found that network variables, specifically centrality and brokerage, mediated the relationship between Primary Psychopathy and 360-rated performance, however this effect was not found for the other Dark Triad traits. Following this, Chapter 6 found that Emotional Stability (Neuroticism) attenuates the negative effects of the Dark Triad traits, in particular Secondary Psychopathy and Narcissism, on risk-taking behaviour measured using self-report, hypothetical lottery tasks and behavioural measures. Furthermore, gender was found to also moderate this relationship. The final chapter discusses the implications of the potential upsides to the Dark Triad traits in the workplace.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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