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Narcissism, Machiavellianism, and Psychopathy of Top Managers : can Entrepreneurial Orientation secure Performance?

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Bouncken, Ricarda B. ; Cesinger, Beate ; Tiberius, Victor:
Narcissism, Machiavellianism, and Psychopathy of Top Managers : can Entrepreneurial Orientation secure Performance?
In: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing. Vol. 12 (2020) Issue 3 . - pp. 273-302.
ISSN 1742-5379
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJEV.2020.107932

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Numerous studies show that high levels of Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO) in firms positively influence firm performance. Yet, high levels of Dark Triad (DT) traits – narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy – of managers might work detrimental to EO. Our study empirically tests if top managers who score high on Dark Triad traits have a negative influence on firm performance, reducing the merits of EO. Results of a survey study on 191 firms show that all three dimensions of the DT, narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy, suppress the positive effects that EO has on firm performance. Accordingly, selfish behaviour, emotional coldness, propensity for duplicity, and top managers’ quest for selfpromotion, status, and dominance lead to behaviour that reduces the positive influences around innovativeness, proactiveness, and risk-taking of EO.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VI - Strategic Management and Organization
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VI - Strategic Management and Organization > Chair Business Administration VI - Strategic Management and Organization - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ricarda Bouncken
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2020 06:33
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2020 06:33
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/56845