Tuesday, June 22, 2010
[IWS] MANAGING PSYCHOPATHIC EMPLOYEES (Cornell HR Review) [16 June 2010]
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Cornell HR Review
Mitchell B. Langbert
Managing Psychopathic Employees
In Essays on June 16, 2010 at 7:04 pm
[full-text, 5 pages]
The past three decades have seen one ethics debacle after another. No one knows if business ethics have changed since the days of Jay Gould and the robber barons, but the corporate scandals of recent years make it seem as though ethical standards are worse now than in the nineteenth century. A 2009 PricewaterhouseCooper global crime survey found that 30 percent of corporate officers have experienced fraud in the past 12 months, with about half of the crimes occurring within their firms.
What if a small but definable subset of the employee population were responsible for a major share of corporate crime and ethical breaches? If so, then developing policies that target them would improve the firm’s performance, not to mention its ethical climate. In this article I claim that psychopathic employees constitute such a subset, and I suggest human resource policies that can help firms cope with them.
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