Bad Bosses and Dark Triad CEOs - The Language of Narcissists, Psychopaths and Machiavellians in the Executive Suite

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Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftswissenschaften für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler
Bachelor; Master


Everyone dreams of a charismatic, open and fair interaction between managers and employees. However, everyone is familiar with examples of "bad bosses" from public life or from their own experience. Often this personality expresses itself strongly verbally.
The aim of this thesis is to analyze the language of CEOs with narcissistic, psychopathic and Machiavellian traits - the so-called Dark Triad of personality.

For the final thesis, it is possible to build on an available and already cleaned dataset of interview data for about 1,000 CEOs. Using existing dictionaries that measure specific linguistic traits, a new dictionary combination will be created that measures the Dark Triad personality traits. This work is an excellent opportunity to work empirically on a topic that combines psychology and top management research.

This work will be closely supervised and the results of this work will feed directly into a research group at the chair.

Keywords: Dark triad, psychology, personality, narcissism, psychopathy, machiavellianism, CEO, top management, language