The Effect of the Dark Triad on Organizational Dissent: A Structural Equation Model


The aim of the research is to investigate the effects of dark personality traits on organizational dissent. In the
framework of this aim, 322 white-collar private-sector employees have been applied scales and a personal information form. The Dark Triad Scale (DT-S) is used in the study for measuring the dark triad. The scale contains the dimensions of Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy. The Organizational Dissent Scale (OD-S by Kassing; Turkish adaptation by Ötken and Cenkci) has been utilized in measuring organizational dissent. The sub-dimensions of the scale have been determined as constructive articulated dissent, questioning articulated dissent, latent dissent, and displaced dissent. Validity and reliability analyses have been performed for the scale. Exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, Cronbach’s alpha values, values for the average variance explained (AVE), and values for the compound reliability (CR) have been utilized in this context. The findings obtained from the study data and model that emerged in the research have been tested. The goodness-of-fit indexes for the model, tested in accordance with the structural equation modeling analysis, have been detected to be acceptable. The research results reveal narcissism to negatively impact displaced organizational dissent. In addition, psychopathy has been shown to positively and significantly affect the following sub-dimensions of organizational dissent: constructive articulated dissent, latent dissent, and displaced dissent.


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