Who will appreciate my narcissism? Social inference processes in new director selections

Hongquan Zhu, Guoli Chen

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Abstract

This study examines how narcissistic CEOs may use social inference processes to reduce social uncertainty in new director selections. Our theory of social inference explains why a powerful CEO may favor new directors who previously worked as outside directors on other boards where CEOs are similarly narcissistic as the focal CEO. We further suggest that the powerful CEO is especially likely to use such social inference processes when the focal firm¡- s performance is low. Moreover, we explain why new directors who previously worked with more narcissistic CEOs on other boards may provide subsequent feedback to the focal CEO that encourages the CEO to exhibit a stronger narcissistic tendency. Results based on longitudinal analyses of Fortune companies¡- new director selections and CEO narcissism provided strong support to our theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management 2011 Annual Meeting - West Meets East: Enlightening. Balancing. Transcending, AOM 2011
PublisherAcademy of Management
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Event71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - West Meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, Transcending, AOM 2011 - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Aug 12 2011Aug 16 2011

Other

Other71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - West Meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, Transcending, AOM 2011
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX
Period8/12/118/16/11

Keywords

  • CEO
  • Corporate governance
  • Director

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Industrial relations

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    Zhu, H., & Chen, G. (2011). Who will appreciate my narcissism? Social inference processes in new director selections. In Academy of Management 2011 Annual Meeting - West Meets East: Enlightening. Balancing. Transcending, AOM 2011 Academy of Management. https://doi.org/10.5464/AMBPP.2011.237.a