Corporate psychopathy: can ‘search and destroy’ and ‘hearts and minds’ metaphors from military strategy guide practical HRM solutions?


Marshall, A., Ashleigh, M.J., Baden, D., Udechukwo, O. and Guidi, M. (2014) Corporate psychopathy: can ‘search and destroy’ and ‘hearts and minds’ metaphors from military strategy guide practical HRM solutions? Journal of Business Ethics, 128, (3), pp. 495-504. (doi:10.1007/s10551-014-2117-8).

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Corporate psychopathy (CP) thrives as perhaps the most significant threat to ethical corporate behaviour around the world. We argue that Human Resources Management (HRM) professionals should formulate strategic solutions metaphorically by balancing what strategic military planners famously call ‘Search and Destroy’ (SD) and ‘Hearts and Minds’ (HM) counter-terrorist strategy. We argue that these military metaphors offer creative inspiration to help academics and practitioners theorise CP in richer, more reflective, and more balanced and complementary ways. An appreciation of both metaphors is likely to favour the use of hybrid strategies comprising SD and HM elements, which may provide the best HRM solutions to CP for the same reasons as the military now considers parallel hybrid solutions optimal for combating terrorist and guerrilla insurgency.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/s10551-014-2117-8
ISSNs: 0167-4544 (print)
Keywords: hrm strategy, corporate psychopathy, metaphor, machiavellianism, narcissism, the dark triad
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Organisations: Centre for Relational Leadership & Change
ePrint ID: 377476
Date :
Date Event
16 February 2014Accepted/In Press
5 March 2015e-pub ahead of print
May 2015Published
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 10:58
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 06:04
Further Information:Google Scholar
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/377476

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