A Contribution to the Validation of TOP: Measuring the Dark Triad of Personality at Work
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- Master of Science 
This study aimed to examine the psychometric properties of the Norwegian version of The Dark Triad of Personality at Work (TOP) and its associations with the Big Five, and relations to counterproductive academic behavior (CAB), and academic citizenship behavior (ACB). Correlation, simple linear regression and hierarchical regression analyses were conducted to assess this study’s hypotheses. A substantial portion of the findings replicated prior validation studies of TOP and aligned with previous research and theories in the field, with a few exceptions. The results of the associations between TOP and Big Five factors and the relations between TOP, CAB, and ACB reveal strengths and weaknesses regarding TOP’s psychometric properties, specifically construct- and criterion-related validity. No incremental validity of TOP explaining CAB beyond the Big Five was observed. Overall, this study contributes to the Norwegian validation of TOP and enhances the theoretical understanding of its relationship to the Big Five, CAB, and ACB. This study provides important practical and theoretical implications, as well as limitations that can guide theoretical direction and research. Future research is necessary to establish the psychometric properties of TOP more comprehensively and draw definitive conclusions regarding its entire validity.
Masteroppgave(MSc) in Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Psychology - Handelshøyskolen BI, 2023