Companies could be hiring that bad boss on purpose. According to new research from Maryland Smith’s Nick Seybert, the “dark” personality traits – questionable ethical standards, narcissistic tendencies – that make a boss bad also make that person much more likely to go along with manipulating earnings, and may be the reason they got the job in the first place.
Journal of Business Ethics
In recent years, corporations have ramped up their philanthropic efforts to better assist the employees and communities they serve. Various reasons, such as budget increases for charitable spending and changes in employee-directed giving, might explain this trend.
But new research from Maryland Smith says that employee moods have a lot to do with how a company gives back as well.
Moral Identity Keeps Divergent Thinkers in Check
Creative people are great at generating ideas to solve problems. Unfortunately, the same people are also great at generating clever justifications to excuse their rule-breaking at work. Deviant behavior often results. New research from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business confirms the dark side of creativity but also identifies a key boundary condition that keeps some out-of-the-box thinkers in line.