Corporate Psychopathy

Investigating Destructive Personalities in the Workplace

  • Katarina Fritzon
  • Nathan Brooks
  • Simon Croom

About this book


This book analyses the conceptualization of psychopathic personality disorder for criminal/forensic populations and examines in depth the emerging phenomenon of the ‘corporate psychopath’. In doing so its authors expose the paradoxical nature of the disorder: while it is frequently associated with antisocial, criminal and predatory behaviour, more recent studies have highlighted examples of creative, visionary and inspiring leaders who are also found to present a high degree of psychopathy. They focus on the nature, behaviours and consequences of psychopathy in executives and across the organization, offering an important contribution to the emerging body of research on psychopathy and other problematic personality constructs in the workplace.  

The book will appeal to scholars, students and professionals across the discipline, and particularly to those working in workplace, forensic and personality psychology. 

Katarina Fritzon is Associate Professor at Bond University, on the Gold Coast, Australia. Her research interests include the links between early trauma, personality and offending behaviour, the psychology of firesetting, internet sexual offending, and dark triad personality characteristics in corporate settings. She has been a practicing forensic psychologist for 25 years. 

Nathan Brooks is a consultant Forensic Psychologist currently working in the criminal justice sector. His areas of expertise include personality testing, crime analysis, risk management, criminal profiling and psychological assessment. He completed his PhD on psychopathic personality. 

Simon Croom is Distinguished University Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of San Diego, USA. After working in management and running his own successful business, he has spent the last 30 years in academia and conducts research into the psychopathy of executives, sustainable business practices and world class supply chain operations.  


Problematic Personality corporate psychopath personality structures disordered personalities personality disorder Gray’s motivational theory moderated expression theory neuropsychological brain deficit theories non-criminal psychopathy personality dysfunction occupational outcomes Counter-productive work behaviours Machiavellianism narcissism

Authors and affiliations

  • Katarina Fritzon
    • 1
  • Nathan Brooks
    • 2
  • Simon Croom
    • 3
  1. 1.Bond UniversityRobinaAustralia
  2. 2.Central Queensland UniversityTownsvilleAustralia
  3. 3.University of San DiegoSan DiegoUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-27187-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-27188-6
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