The Concept of the Dark Triad: Effect on Organizational Outcomes and Navigating Strategies


This paper analyzes the Dark Triad (DT) personality concept and its impact on workplace behavior. All the DT components—Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy—are analyzed as well as their effects on organizational outcomes. This paper is conceptual, thus proposing a model linking the Dark Triad, organizational outcomes, and strategies for managing these outcomes. Also, it considers the impact of the Dark Triad on organizational outcomes, particularly counterproductive workplace behavior, organizational citizenship behavior, creativity and innovation, and work group/team outcomes and processes. Further, ways to combat the Dark Triad in the workplace are discussed. Finally, strategies that organizations can implement to manage these complex workplace behaviors are provided. The closing section suggests new directions for future research.

Author Biographies

Divya Upadhyay, Abu Dhabi School of Management, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Divya Upadhyay is an Assistant Professor of management at the Abu Dhabi School of Management. Dr. Divya has over five years of teaching experience with both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the United Arab Emirates. She has completed her doctorate in the Conflict Management area, with one of the essays from her dissertation work having received a best paper award (Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) scholarship by Columbia University, Earth Institute) in International Association of Conflict Management Conference. Her research papers have been published in the International Journal of Conflict Management (ABDC, A Category journal) and IIMB Management Review (ABDC, B Category).

Hasnan Baber, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Hasnan Baber is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Management, Strategy & Entrepreneurship, School of Business Administration, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. He earned his PhD in Management Studies from Woosong University, South Korea. He has published more than 60 research articles through reputed publishers, such as Elsevier, Springer, Emerald, Sage, and many others. He has been featured in the 2% Scientists list by Stanford University in 2022 and 2023. He is serving as guest editor, associate editor, and editorial board member for various reputed journals. His areas of research are Crowdfunding, FinTech, Entrepreneurship, e-learning, digital literacy, and Technology adoption.


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How to Cite
Upadhyay, D., & Baber, H. (2023). The Concept of the Dark Triad: Effect on Organizational Outcomes and Navigating Strategies. Changing Societies & Personalities, 7(4), 158–173. doi:10.15826/csp.2023.7.4.256