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Den Mörka Triaden: En studie på olika chefsnivåer
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology.
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Dark Triad : A study in managerial levels (English)
Abstract [sv]

Den Mörka Triaden beskrivs som tre oönskade personlighetsdrag bestående av machiavellism, subklinisk narcissism och subklinisk psykopati. Den föreliggande studiens syfte var att undersöka om den Mörka Triaden blev mer framträdande ju högre upp i chefsnivå svenska chefer arbetar, och vidare om kön och ålder hade samband med de mörka egenskaperna. Studien genomfördes av Eklund och Hultman (2015) via en enkät där 27 av 80 frågor utgjorde påståenden om Short Dark Triad (SD3) vilka avsåg att mäta machiavellism, subklinisk psykopati och subklinisk narcissism. Respondenterna (N = 101) som deltog i studien var uteslutande individer med en chefsposition i Sverige (47 kvinnor, 51 män och tre som inte ville ange kön). Åldersspannet var mellan 24 och 64 år. Av de tillfrågade respondenterna var 13 chefer på lägsta gruppnivå, 39 på mellanchefsnivå och 49 på högsta ledningsnivå. Resultaten påvisade ett positivt samband mellan machiavellism och högre chefsnivå, samt att medelvärdena för subklinisk narcissism och subklinisk psykopati ökade högre upp i chefsnivå. Män visade generellt högre drag av den Mörka Triaden än kvinnor vilket även gick i linje med tidigare forskning. Slutligen hade ålder negativa samband med machiavellism, subklinisk narcissism och subklinisk psykopati vilket tyder på att den Mörka Triaden var mindre förekommande hos äldre svenska chefer.

Abstract [en]

The Dark Triad is described as three undesirable personality traits consisting of machiavellianism, subclinical narcissism and subclinical psychopathy. The purpose of the present study was to analyze to what extent the dark traits occur at different levels of management, and furthermore how gender and age relate. The study was originally conducted by Eklund och Hultman (2015) with 101 respondents in a senior company position in Sweden (47 were women, 51 were male and three did not indicate gender). Of the respondents surveyed, 13 managers supervised at group level, 39 at middle level and 49 at management level. The age range varied between 24 and 64 years. The study consisted of a questionnaire with 80 questions, 27 of these questions were statements about Short Dark Triad (SD3) that aimed to measure machiavellianism, subclinical narcissism and subclinical psychopathy. The results showed a positive trend between machiavellianism and higher management level, and that the mean values for narcissism and psychopathy increased when moving to higher management level. Men generally showed higher traits of the Dark Triad than women which was consistent with previous research. Age also correlated negatively with machiavellanism, subclinical narcissism and subclinical psychopathy, which indicates that the Dark Triad was less frequent among older Swedish managers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 16 p.
Keyword [en]
the Dark Triad, Short Dark Triad, machiavellianism, subclinical narcissism, subclinical psychopathy, manager levels, leadership, age, sex, gender
Keyword [sv]
the Dark Triad, den Mörka Triaden, Short Dark Triad, machiavellism, subklinisk narcissism, subklinisk psykopati, chefsnivåer, ledarskap, ålder, kön
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-11180Local ID: EXM530OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-11180DiVA: diva2:1121224
Subject / course
Psychology
Educational program
Psykologi
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Available from: 2017-07-12 Created: 2017-07-10 Last updated: 2017-07-12Bibliographically approved

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