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The Influence of CEO Personality on Engagement in Corporate Social Responsibility: The Mediating Influence of Servant Leadership

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The Influence of CEO Personality on Engagement in Corporate Social Responsibility: The Mediating Influence of Servant Leadership

Grogan, Allan (2017) The Influence of CEO Personality on Engagement in Corporate Social Responsibility: The Mediating Influence of Servant Leadership. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

While previous research in upper echelons theory has attempted to understand how managerial characteristics influence organizational criteria, few have directly investigated the effects of personality and leadership on these outcomes and in particular, on corporate social responsibility (CSR). This dissertation addresses the previous concern by investigating how the Five Factor Model of personality influences CSR engagement when mediated by servant leadership in top managers. While previous studies have primarily investigated servant leadership at the micro level of analysis, this study investigates this relatively underexplored concept at the executive level. Using a sample of 101 chief executive officers (CEOs) of the largest S&P 500 organizations, I found that four of the Big Five personality traits had an indirect effect on strategic CSR when servant leadership served as an intervening mechanism on this relationship. Moreover, this indirect effect varies depending on which facet of servant leadership is being investigated. For instance, I found that servant leadership has a stronger indirect effect on the personality-CSR relationship primarily through the dimension of building community and subordinate support as opposed to other dimensions of this concept. These findings reinforce previous research in this domain that servant leaders emphasize subordinate development and provide stewardship to multiple stakeholders both inside and outside of the organization. Overall, the findings in this study offer further insight not only into the antecedents of servant leadership, but on its effects on CSR as well. Finally, limitations and avenues for future research are further discussed.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Management
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Grogan, Allan
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Program:Business Administration (Management specialization)
Date:1 December 2017
Thesis Supervisor(s):Boies, Kathlen
Keywords:servant leadership, CEO personality, upper echelons theory
ID Code:983559
Deposited By: ALLAN D. GROGAN
Deposited On:05 Jun 2018 14:38
Last Modified:27 Mar 2019 21:41
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