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Can communal work activities reduce supervisors’ state grandiose narcissism? A 10-day experience sampling study

Fien Heyde (UGent) , Jasmine Vergauwe (UGent) , Joeri Hofmans and Bart Wille (UGent)
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Narcissism is heavily investigated in psychology, including work and organizational psychology. Despite research underscoring that narcissism has a meaningful state component, there is currently no research available on within-person fluctuations in narcissism at work. The current study explores the role of particular activities that can either enhance or reduce narcissism states while at work. Specifically, the effects of agentic (i.e., directing and achieving) and communal (i.e., relating and coaching) work activities on state narcissism are examined in a sample of 121 supervisors. We assessed the work activities and supervisors’ state of narcissism two times a day over a 10-day period. Concurrent and lagged associations were examined using Dynamic Structural Equation Modelling (DSEM). The results first indicated a substantial amount of momentous fluctuation in narcissism, with up to 12% of the variability in supervisors’ narcissism scores being situated at the within-person level. Further, two types of work activities (i.e., achieving and coaching) were found to have a positive (enhancing) effect on supervisors’ state narcissism. None of the work activities emerged as a factor reducing state narcissism in this study. Implications and future research directions are discussed.
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communion, agency, work activities, within-person fluctuations, narcissism, PERSONALITY DYNAMICS, DARK TRIAD, TENDENCIES, EXPRESSION, ADMIRATION, LEADERSHIP, BEHAVIOR, RIVALRY, TRAITS, MODEL

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Heyde, Fien, et al. “Can Communal Work Activities Reduce Supervisors’ State Grandiose Narcissism? A 10-Day Experience Sampling Study.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 32, no. 5, 2023, pp. 632–44, doi:10.1080/1359432X.2023.2219002.
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Heyde, F., Vergauwe, J., Hofmans, J., & Wille, B. (2023). Can communal work activities reduce supervisors’ state grandiose narcissism? A 10-day experience sampling study. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 32(5), 632–644. https://doi.org/10.1080/1359432X.2023.2219002
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Heyde, Fien, Jasmine Vergauwe, Joeri Hofmans, and Bart Wille. 2023. “Can Communal Work Activities Reduce Supervisors’ State Grandiose Narcissism? A 10-Day Experience Sampling Study.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 32 (5): 632–44. https://doi.org/10.1080/1359432X.2023.2219002.
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Heyde, Fien, Jasmine Vergauwe, Joeri Hofmans, and Bart Wille. 2023. “Can Communal Work Activities Reduce Supervisors’ State Grandiose Narcissism? A 10-Day Experience Sampling Study.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 32 (5): 632–644. doi:10.1080/1359432X.2023.2219002.
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Heyde F, Vergauwe J, Hofmans J, Wille B. Can communal work activities reduce supervisors’ state grandiose narcissism? A 10-day experience sampling study. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY. 2023;32(5):632–44.
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F. Heyde, J. Vergauwe, J. Hofmans, and B. Wille, “Can communal work activities reduce supervisors’ state grandiose narcissism? A 10-day experience sampling study,” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WORK AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 632–644, 2023.
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explores the role of particular activities that can either enhance or reduce narcissism states while
at work. Specifically, the effects of agentic (i.e., directing and achieving) and communal (i.e., relating
and coaching) work activities on state narcissism are examined in a sample of 121 supervisors. We
assessed the work activities and supervisors’ state of narcissism two times a day over a 10-day
period. Concurrent and lagged associations were examined using Dynamic Structural Equation
Modelling (DSEM). The results first indicated a substantial amount of momentous fluctuation in
narcissism, with up to 12% of the variability in supervisors’ narcissism scores being situated at the
within-person level. Further, two types of work activities (i.e., achieving and coaching) were found
to have a positive (enhancing) effect on supervisors’ state narcissism. None of the work activities
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