CEO Narcissism and Internationalization by Indian Firms

  • Arpita AgnihotriEmail author
  • Saurabh Bhattacharya
Research Article


This study investigates the impact of CEO narcissism on the internationalization of emerging market firms (EMFs) caused by the CEO’s propensity for high risk and resource commitment. Despite the well-established significance of a CEO’s narcissism on a firm’s risky strategic decisions, this personality aspect has not received any attention in the literature on EMFs. This is an especially important topic because internationalization is riskier for EMFs than for developed market multinationals. This study further investigates the moderating impact of CEO power and celebrity status on the relationship between the CEO’s narcissism and the firm’s internationalization. The study specifically examines a sample of 218 Indian firms for the period 2010 through 2015, and the results support the hypotheses.


Emerging market firms Internationalization Narcissism CEO power Celebrity CEO 



We are thankful to the Editor-in-Chief, M.-J. Oesterle and the anonymous Reviewers for their excellent suggestions and guidance that helped us to improve the paper. This work was supported by internal research grants of Penn State Harrisburg.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Penn State HarrisburgMiddletownUSA
  2. 2.Newcastle University Business SchoolNewcastle Upon TyneUK

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