Suppliers who've had bruising encounters with big retailers and other large companies may take some solace from research that shows that supply chain executives exhibit the highest levels of psychopathic tendencies in the corporate sector.
A study of 261 corporate professionals working in supply chain management found that 21 percent of those individuals had clinically significant levels of psychopathic traits, such as insincerity, lack of empathy or remorse, egocentric behavior, and the ability to be both charming and superficial.
The study found the supply chain management professionals had similar levels of psychopathic traits to the broad prison population.
Nathan Brooks, a forensic psychologist from the Gold Coast, who is working on a Ph.D. at Bond University in Queensland, said the research showed supply chain executives and upper management were quite ruthless and able to strip emotion out of their decision-making.
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