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What doesn’t kill you will only make you more risk-loving: early-life disasters and CEO behaviour (2017)

"...the link between CEOs’ disaster experience and corporate policies has real economic consequences on firm risk and its cost of capital." Bernile, G., Bhagwat, V., Rau, P. R. The Journal of Finance, 72(1), 167-206 Image: Bureau of Land Management / Wikimedia Commons "There is a growing consensus that CEOs’ past experiences in life account for much of the variation in corporate risk-taking...


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(Are we) Wrong to speculate on Trump’s mental health ? (2018)

In light of the recent publication 'Fire and Fury' by Michael Wolff, CNN's Michael Smerconish states that we are wrong to speculate on US President Donald Trump's state of mental health, and that we're too quick to give "armchair diagnoses". Dr Nassir Ghaemi, Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts is invited onto the show to discuss his book published in 2011, titled 'A First Rate Madness', where he claims "...

Written by: CNN


Carillion. What a mess.

Board hubris ran high while hedge funds scented blood, shorting the stock. Bailey, D. Professor of Industrial Strategy, Aston Business School Birmingham Post, 18 January 2018 Image: Wikimedia Commons "Carillion's demise will go down as one of the biggest corporate governance scandals in the UK for quite a while. "Let's be clear: responsibility first and foremost has to be placed at the hands of the ...

Written by: Professor David Bailey

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Big Egos Can Be Green: A Study of CEO Hubris and Environmental Innovation (2017)

"CEOs’ hubris may provide the required force for overcoming obstacles to the development and introduction of green innovations." Arena, C., Michelon, G. and Trojanowski, G. (2017), Big Egos Can Be Green: A Study of CEO Hubris and Environmental Innovation. British Journal of Management. doi: 10.1111/1467-8551.12250 "Hubristic CEOs are usually impulsive and restless individuals affected by hyper-levels of self-evaluation,...

Written by: Claudia Arena, Giovanna Michelon and Grzegorz Trojanowski

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When Founders Go Too Far (2017)

"Given the extraordinary power imbalance that’s now the norm in Silicon Valley boardrooms, it should be no surprise that many founder-CEOs are behaving badly. In fact, the real surprise may be that so many of them still behave well." Blank, S. Adjunct professor at Stanford University, a senior fellow at Columbia University, and a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. Harvard Business Review, November - De...

Written by: Steve Blank

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Power and Autistic Traits (2016)

"Problem solving is important in leadership, and people with many autistic traits appear often to be better thinkers than typical subjects with similar IQs." Overskeid, G. Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway Frontiers in Psychology, 7. August 31, 2016 Abstract: "Autistic traits can help people gain and sustain power, and has probably done so throughout history, says the present paper. A numbe...

Written by: Geir Overskeid

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Why some men feel the need to win at all costs (2017)

"...If men fight harder than women at the negotiation table, they perhaps also fight dirtier, more often employing unethical tactics such as outright deception." Thau, S. INSEAD Professor of Organisational Behaviour Insead Knowledge,  Image: Read more

Emotional Aspects of Leadership in the Modern Workplace (2017)

"When executives have high hubris, it can have a negative impact on the strategic decision making process, the actual strategic choices that are made, and ultimately organizational performance..." Giannouli, V. (2017), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Chapter 2, pp. 24-59) Published in 'Handbook of Research on Human Factors in Contemporary Workforce Development' Edited by Bryan Chr...

Written by: Vaitsa Giannouli

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