Dark Triad. Opportunistic Decision-making. Accounting


This study promotes an analysis of the influence of personality traits of the Dark Triad in the process of opportunistic decision-making. The Dark Triad is a constellation that includes three non-pathological personality traits: Narcissism, Psychopathy and Machiavellianism. The triad, although conceptually distinct, has empirically externalized overlapping features in individuals by the tendency for self-promoting behavior, emotional coldness, duplicity, aggression and socially evil character. Considering that personality traits have significant implications with regard to judgment and opportunistic decision-making, this research aims at the effective dialogue of ideas proposed here. The theoretical empirical study was elected via a self-report questionnaire, applied with 131 MBA students. Through the descriptive statistics, factor analysis, correlations and the one-way ANOVA methods, we find that there is significant relationship between the high traits of the Dark Triad and the opportunistic decision-making, and the existence of a difference between levels (low, moderate and high) of the Dark Triad in opportunistic decision-making. Considering the presented results, this study achieved the desired goal, validated the elaborated assumptions and drew the attention of the scientific community to the potential of the Dark Triad in the business field, especially by observing the behavior of managers in the work environment. We highlight the importance of this research in the national context, since most studies, which address this theme, developed individualized investigations with the personality traits that make up the constellation Dark Triad.


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Biografia do Autor

Marcia Figueredo D'Souza, Universidade do Estado da Bahia - UNEB

Doutoranda em Controladoria e Contabilidade pela FEA/USP. Mestre em Contabilidade pela Fundação Visconde de Cairu -FVC. Especialista em Educação distância pela UNEB. Bacharel em Ciências Contábeis pela Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana. Bacharel em Administração pela UNESA. Professora da UNEB e Professora do curso de Ciêcias Contábeis do Centro Universitário Estácio da Bahia.

Gerlando Augusto Sampaio Franco de Lima

Professor Livre-Docente/Associado do Departamento de Ciêcias Contábeis e Atuária da FEA/USP (2013). Mestre (2005) e Doutor (2007) em Controladoria e Contabilidade pela FEA-USP. Pós-Doutorado em Economia pela Faculdade de Economia da Universidade de Coimbra (2008-2009); Pós-Doutorado e Professor Visitante da Universidade de Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012-2013)



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D’Souza, M. F., & Lima, G. A. S. F. de. (2015). THE DARK SIDE OF POWER: THE DARK TRIAD IN OPPORTUNISTIC DECISION-MAKING. Advances in Scientific and Applied Accounting, 8(2), 135–156. Recuperado de




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