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Title: Does founder CEO status affect firm risk taking?
Authors: Tang, Y 
Li, J
Liu, Y
Keywords: Chinese firms
Founder CEOs
Overconfidence
Risk taking
Upper echelons theory
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Source: Journal of leadership and organizational studies, 2016, v. 23, no. 3, p. 322-334 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of leadership and organizational studies 
Abstract: Grounded in the strategic leadership literature and upper echelons theory, this study proposes that founder CEOs tend to take more risks than agent CEOs because of the former’s overconfidence. We further suggest that the relationship between founder CEO status and firm risk taking can be moderated by certain internal or external factors that influence just how overconfident a CEO might be. Our theoretical predictions are well supported by a large survey data set on Chinese CEOs. Specifically, the positive relationship between founder CEO status and firm risk taking weakens when the CEO is younger, when the CEO also chairs the board of directors, and when the CEO’s task environment is less uncertain, less complex, and more munificent.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/61826
ISSN: 1548-0518
EISSN: 1939-7089
DOI: 10.1177/1548051815623736
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