CEO characteristics: a review of influential publications and a research agenda

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Abstract

This paper provides a systematic review of literature pertaining to CEO characteristics and firm performance. The CEO of a firm provides critical leadership, social capital, and legitimacy, and as such exerts significant influence on firm performance. By using a bibliographic mapping approach, we identify the fifty‐one most influential publications on CEO characteristics. This field has developed from a few Upper Echelon Theory publications into four distinct categories. We review each of these to identify the main contributions to this research area and to outline research gaps and future research trends.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-385
Number of pages25
JournalAccounting & Finance
Volume61
Issue number1
Early online date19 Nov 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CEO characteristics
  • Corporate finance
  • Upper echelon

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