CEO Machiavellianism and firm performance: the moderating role of managerial discretion

Sula, Klevi (2022) CEO Machiavellianism and firm performance: the moderating role of managerial discretion. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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This study builds on the upper echelons theory to investigate the effect of CEO Machiavellianism on firm performance. I hypothesize a negative relationship between CEO Machiavellianism and firm performance. Furthermore, I hypothesize that managerial discretion will moderate this relationship such that the negative effect of CEO Machiavellianism on firm performance will be more substantial when managerial discretion is high. I found support for these hypotheses using a sample of 97 CEOs from Standard and Poor's 500 companies and utilizing a video-based measurement technique for CEO Machiavellianism. Finally, I discuss the implications and limitations of the study.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 15516
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 33-44).
Keywords: CEO Machiavellianism, upper echelons, managerial discretion, firm performance
Department(s): Business Administration, Faculty of > Business Administration
Date: May 2022
Date Type: Submission
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Library of Congress Subject Heading: Chief executive officers; Communication in management; Discretion.

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