The devil is us all: Identifying triggers of dark personality expressions at work

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The devil in us all: Identifying triggers of dark personality expressions at work
Supervisor: Dr Annika Nübold, Maastricht University
 
Perhaps due to the financial crisis and recent economic scandals, organisational psychologists have increasingly focused on the dark side of personality at work. Dark personality is typically conceptualised as the ‘dark triad’: three subclinical versions of maladaptive personality, including narcissism (feelings of grandiosity and entitlement), psychopathy (impulsivity and callousness) and Machiavellianism (cynicism and manipulation). This project aims to build a systematic categorisation of situational triggers of dark personality states at work. This will benefit organisations by helping them to target these triggers with systematic actions (e.g. job design and training), ideally preventing employees realising dangerous latent traits.
 
Dr Annika Nübold is originally from Germany, where she completed her PhD on leadership and follower personality at Bielefeld University in 2013. Currently, she is working as Assistant Professor in Work and Organisational Psychology at Maastricht University in The Netherlands, focusing on the role of personality at work.