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This study explored timeshare sales executive characteristics as measured by a relatively well-known personality profile among social psychologists, the Machiavellian Scale. The researchers administered a Machiavellian (Mach-B) Scale to the entire sales force of a US resort timeshare company for the purposes of testing the relationship of sales executives Mach scores with individual sales performance measures. The results of the study failed to support the hypothesis that time-share salespeople with a Machiavellian orientation are likely to be more successful. In this tightly structured sales environment, sales representatives with lower scores on the Mach scale outperformed those with higher scores.

Keywords: Machiavellianism; Organizational performance; Sales success; Timeshare

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: *School of Business and Economics, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424-001, USA 2: †Rosen School of Hospitality Management, Orlando, FL 32819-1450, USA

Publication date: 2005-01-01

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