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David LaHuis, Ph.D. (Committee Chair); Gary Burns, Ph.D. (Committee Co-Chair); Debra Steele-Johnson, Ph.D. (Committee Member)

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Characteristics of Machiavellian individuals include a propensity to manipulate and deceive others, making them susceptible to committing counterproductive work behaviors (Deshong et al., 2014). Machiavellians endorse emotional manipulation as a tactic to achieve desirable outcomes, and experience deficits in emotional intelligence and agreeableness (Austin at al., 2007). The purpose of my study is to examine Machiavellianism and emotional intelligence and their relationships to counterproductive work behaviors. I collected survey results via Amazon MTURK with a sample of 153 participants. Bivariate correlation analyses show that Machiavellianism positively predicted Emotional Manipulation and negatively predicted Emotional Intelligence. Emotional manipulation was found to partially mediate the relationship between Machiavellianism and Counterproductive Work Behaviors. I also found that higher levels of Agreeableness intensified the positive relationship between Machiavellianism and Counterproductive Work Behaviors while finding no interaction effect between Machiavellianism and Emotional Intelligence based on Agreeableness.

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Department or Program

Department of Psychology

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