More Class in Management Research

The Relationship between Socioeconomic Background and Managerial Attitudes

  • Yanick Kemayou

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 173-214

About this book


Yanick Kemayou investigates how the socioeconomic background of organizational leaders can explain their management-relevant attitudes. The study provides theory development and first empirical tests of the impact of leaders’ socioeconomic background on their risk propensity, sense of control and justice perceptions. The model integrates sociological and social psychological research on class dynamics and attitudes. Yanick Kemayou uses cross-sectional data from the German Socioeconomic Panel to test the model. The empirical analyses provide robust support for the theoretical ideas. Results show, for instance, that reproduced leaders with a lower social distance toward broader classes exhibit more favorable justice perceptions toward groups such as unskilled workers than distant reproduced leaders. The bottom line for organizations is that leaders are likely to assess situations and persons differently because of their own socioeconomic background.

• Socioeconomic background as micro-foundation of strategy
• Managerial attitudes and the economic crisis

Target Groups
• Teachers and students of HRM, strategy and CSR
• Executives and consultants in the field of Business and Society

About the Author
Dr. Yanick Kemayou researches and lectures at the Department of Management of the University of Paderborn. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Chair for International Personnel Economics of the University of Vienna and was visiting scholar at the Department of Strategy and Business Policy of HEC Paris.


Social class Organizational leaders Sense of control Risk propensity Justice perceptions

Authors and affiliations

  • Yanick Kemayou
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  1. 1.Department 1 ManagementUniversität PaderbornPaderbornGermany

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