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Beyond the dark side of executive psychology: Current research and new directions


  • Bollaert, Helen
  • Petit, Valérie


Summary In corporate finance and strategic management, the idea of executive hubris has come to dominate perceptions of the psychology of top managers. We analyze existing research and identify issues in definitions and measurement and describe how researchers have fallen prey to hubris fascination. This leads us to put forward two options for future research: within the hubris tradition (improving measures and examining positive aspects and antecedents) and outside it (basing analyses on the self rather than the ego and using a more dynamic and holistic approach).

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  • Bollaert, Helen & Petit, Valérie, 2010. "Beyond the dark side of executive psychology: Current research and new directions," European Management Journal, Elsevier, vol. 28(5), pages 362-376, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:eurman:v:28:y:2010:i:5:p:362-376

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    1. Niamh M. Brennan & John P. Conroy, 2013. "Executive hubris: the case of a bank CEO," Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 26(2), pages 172-195, February.
    2. Sutton, Anna & Allinson, Chris & Williams, Helen, 2013. "Personality type and work-related outcomes: An exploratory application of the Enneagram model," European Management Journal, Elsevier, vol. 31(3), pages 234-249.
    3. William J. Wales & Pankaj C. Patel & G. T. Lumpkin, 2013. "In Pursuit of Greatness: CEO Narcissism, Entrepreneurial Orientation, and Firm Performance Variance," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 50(6), pages 1041-1069, September.
    4. Hill, Aaron D. & Kern, David A. & White, Margaret A., 2014. "Are we overconfident in executive overconfidence research? An examination of the convergent and content validity of extant unobtrusive measures," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 67(7), pages 1414-1420.


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