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The Role of Narcissism and Gender in the Career Success of North American Accounting Faculty


The Role of Narcissism and Gender in the Career Success of North American Accounting Faculty

Wu, Zheng (2023) The Role of Narcissism and Gender in the Career Success of North American Accounting Faculty. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis aims to investigate the impact of narcissism and gender on the career
success of accounting faculty in North America. Most of the current studies are focused
on investigating the impact of big-five personality traits and gender on the academic com-
munity in general and have produced mixed results. Little research attention has been
paid to examining the impact of negatively perceived personality traits such as narcissism
on faculty career success, and studies on the separate effects of grandiose and vulnerable
narcissism and their interactions with gender are even rarer. To bridge this knowledge
gap, a quantitative- and qualitative-based mixed method survey was designed to inves-
tigate the link between the two types of narcissism, gender, and academic career success.
Through Welch’s two sample t-tests and Stepwise multiple regressions, grandiose narcissism
was found to be significantly and negatively related to the number of PhD students super-
vised. In contrast to the significantly negative impact of vulnerable narcissism suggested by
existing studies, my results revealed that high vulnerable narcissism was significantly and
positively related to the amount of research grants obtained, the number of publications,
and the number of keynote speaker invitations. My research therefore provided evidence
about the negative side of grandiose narcissism and about the positive side of vulnerable
narcissism. Furthermore, in my sample, I observed that personality is more important than
gender in terms of career success, because female faculty had significantly higher salary,
greater number of publications and citations, and higher level of job satisfaction, even if
they are burdened by significantly heavier faculty service loads, have more household obli-
gations and caregiving duties; suffer more career interruptions; are more negatively affected
by the COVID crisis; and are more often specialized in non-mainstream research. Overall,
this research suggested complex relationships between personality traits, and gender, and
challenged prior findings. Future research may further investigate the impact of gender and narcissism in other contexts (i.e., other academic disciplines and countries, different faculty
age and ethnicity groups) and disentangle the gender effect from personality traits such as
narcissism through experimental research designs or more in-depth qualitative studies.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Management
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Wu, Zheng
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Sc.
Date:18 August 2023
Thesis Supervisor(s):Sophie, Audousset-Coulier and Joel, Bothello
Keywords:grandiose narcissism, vulnerable narcissism, gender, career success, accounting faculty
ID Code:992664
Deposited By: Zheng Wu
Deposited On:16 Nov 2023 20:30
Last Modified:16 Nov 2023 20:30


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