Dark Triad and Conflict Management Styles in Private and Public Sector Employees

Author: Rida Tahir

Supervisor: Shazia Khalid, PhD

Degree: BS

Year: 2012-2016

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research was conducted to investigate the relationship between dark triad and conflict management styles. Correlational design was used in present study. It was hypothesized that dark triad would have a positive relationship with competing style and negative relationship with accommodating and collaborating style, Machiavellianism would have a positive relationship and psychopathy would have a negative relationship with compromising style, and psychopathy and narcissism would have a relationship with avoiding style. A sample of 150 employees (75 private sector employees & 75 public sector employees) between the ages of 20 and 45 was selected. The Short Dark Triad scale (SD3; Jones & Paulhus, 2014) and Rahim Organizational Conflict Inventory–II (ROCI–II; Rahim, 1983) were used to assess the study variables. Results indicated that there was a positive relationship between dark triad and competing style, negative relationship between dark triad and collaborating style, negative relationship between Machiavellianism, psychopathy and accommodating style, negative relationship among narcissism, psychopathy and avoiding style and a negative relationship between psychopathy and compromising style. Moreover, psychopathy was a negative predictor of collaborating, avoiding, and compromising style, narcissism was a positive predictor of accommodating style, and Machiavellianism was a positive predictor of competing and compromising style. Furthermore, dark triad traits were higher in public sector employees as compared to private sector employees. The study has important implications in the field of organizational psychology as it serves as a step in exploring the distinct personalities and styles of conflict management of private and public sector employees in different organizations.

Keywords: Dark Triad, Conflict Management, Employees.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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