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Faculty Sponsor

Rob Winningham

Abstract

While most research focuses on the incarcerated psychopath, there is a limited body of work that centers on the non-criminal psychopaths that might even appear successful in their careers. The aim of this review was to compare and contrast research on non-incarcerated, “Corporate Psychopaths” to distinguish who they are and where they are most likely to be found. It was discovered that Corporate Psychopaths, while retaining a higher executive functioning than their incarcerated counterparts, displayed many psychopathic traits that relate back to disruptive behavior in the business world. Based on a review of the literature we have concluded that these individuals mainly reside in higher management, high power roles in companies, and that this information is of particular use for human resource hiring and promoting personnel in order to maintain a healthy business that abides by accepted ethical standards

 

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