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CEO narcissism, CEO duality, TMT agreeableness and firm performance: An empirical investigation in auto industry in India

Nishant Uppal (Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, Lucknow, India)

European Business Review

ISSN: 0955-534X

Article publication date: 21 February 2020

Issue publication date: 10 August 2020

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate the relationship between Chief Executive Officer (CEO) narcissism and firm performance. Further, it examined the moderation effects of CEO duality and top management team (TMT) and board member agreeableness on the CEO narcissism–firm performance relationship.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is based on survey data from 373 CEOs in the automobile industry in India. The paper used mixed method research where CEO narcissism and TMT agreeableness has been measured using survey instruments, other data such as firm performance has been captured using secondary sources.

Findings

The study confirms that the relationship between CEO narcissism and firm performance is curvilinear, meaning that narcissism can positively impact firm performance to a point, but may become counter-productive or ineffective beyond that. Further, CEO duality and TMT and board member agreeableness significantly impact this relationship.

Originality/value

This paper fulfills an identified need to study how CEO behavior can affect variance in firm performance. The authors discuss theoretical and practical implications and offer suggestions for future research.

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Acknowledgements

The author special gratitude to Professor Kulwant Singh (NUS) who has significantly contributed to this research. Also, he thank IIM Lucknow for funding this research under its Seed Money Project Scheme- SM:254.

Citation

Uppal, N. (2020), "CEO narcissism, CEO duality, TMT agreeableness and firm performance: An empirical investigation in auto industry in India", European Business Review, Vol. 32 No. 4, pp. 573-590. https://doi.org/10.1108/EBR-06-2019-0121

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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