Psychopathic Employees Thrive Under Abusive Supervisors, Study Finds

High-profile corporate scandals caused by extreme risk-taking and brazen malfeasance have driven scholars and business leaders to speculate that those responsible for unethical behavior may possess psychopathic tendencies.

But do these “bad” employees perform poorly, and does employing them only lead to problems for companies?

Not always, according to a new study by a Walton College researcher. Lauren Simon, assistant professor of management, and her co-authors — Charlice Hurst at the University of Notre Dame, Yongsuhk Jung at Korea Air Force Academy and Dante Pirouz at Western University in Canada — found that when working for an abusive supervisor, individuals who possess high primary psychopathic characteristics appear to have distinct advantages over those who don’t.

Read the entire article at Arkansas Newswire.