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Greed is good? Assessing the relationship between entrepreneurship and subclinical psychopathy

Akhtar, R; Ahmetoglu, G; Chamorro-Premuzic, T; (2013) Greed is good? Assessing the relationship between entrepreneurship and subclinical psychopathy. Personality and Individual Differences , 54 (3) pp. 420-425. 10.1016/j.paid.2012.10.013.

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Abstract

Despite the stereotype of entrepreneurs as corporate psychopaths, there has been little research on the overlap between individual differences in entrepreneurship and subclinical psychopathy. In line with this issue, the current study investigated whether primary and secondary psychopathy are linked to a measure of entrepreneurial tendencies and abilities, as well as entrepreneurial activities and achievements. Participants were 435 working adults. Structural equation models revealed that individual differences in entrepreneurial tendencies and abilities were positively related to primary psychopathy, but unrelated to secondary psychopathy. Secondary psychopathy did not predict entrepreneurial activity; primary psychopathy predicted some entrepreneurial outcomes, albeit modestly, providing partial support for the 'corporate psychopath' stereotype. Implications for entrepreneurship research and practice are discussed. © 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Type: Article
Title: Greed is good? Assessing the relationship between entrepreneurship and subclinical psychopathy
DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2012.10.013
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1494366
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