Of Predators and Preys: Corporate Psychopathy and Employee Burnout as Parallels

  • Adebukola E. Oyewunmi Department of Business Management, College of Business and Social Sciences, Covenant University, P.M.B. 1023, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria, Nigeria
  • David M. Akinnusi Department of Business Management, College of Business and Social Sciences, Covenant University, P.M.B. 1023, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria, Nigeria
  • Olabode A. Oyewunmi Department of Business Management, College of Business and Social Sciences, Covenant University, P.M.B. 1023, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria, Nigeria

Abstract

Different personalities constitute modern workplaces. One of such personalities is the corporate psychopath, whose presence poses manifold threats to organizational existence. This study examines the personality of the corporate psychopath and specifically investigates the relationship between corporate psychopathy and employee burnout. A total of 104 respondents within a university setting in Nigeria completed measures of corporate psychopathy to establish the existence of the traits in their managers; a self-report measure of employee burnout was also completed. Corporate psychopathy correlates positively and significantly with emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and decreased personal accomplishment. Results indicate that corporate psychopathy is an underlying factor of employee burnout. Enhanced whistleblowing structures and ethical regeneration are proffered to mitigate the consequences of corporate psychopathy in the face of cultural complexes that fan its flames.

Keywords: corporate psychopathy, employee burnout, organizational culture
Published online
2018-08-06
How to Cite
Oyewunmi, A., Akinnusi, D. and Oyewunmi, O. (2018) “Of Predators and Preys: Corporate Psychopathy and Employee Burnout as Parallels”, Periodica Polytechnica Social and Management Sciences, 26(2), pp. 149-156. doi: https://doi.org/10.3311/PPso.11810.
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