Abusive CEOs Kill Firm Innovation in Turbulent Environment: A Moderated Mediation Model of the CEO-TMT Interface

Prof. Ho Kwong (Michael) KWAN, Associate Professor of Management, China Europe International Business School

Date:         9 November 2022 (Wednesday)
Time:         10:30am – 11:30am
Venue:      Online via Zoom
Host:          Prof. Raymond LOI, Professor in Management
Zoom link: https://umac.zoom.us/j/94652439697


In interactions with the top management team (TMT), abusive chief executive officers (CEOs) may influence performance outcomes. With three-wave, multisource data from Chinese firms in various high-tech industries, this study reveals that abusive CEOs limit firm innovation by impairing the TMT’s collective organizational engagement in risk-taking activities such as innovation. Environmental uncertainty strengthens this negative relationship between CEO abusive behavior and TMT collective organizational engagement, as well as the mediating effect of TMT collective organizational engagement on the relationship between CEO abusiveness and firm innovation. These results provide new directions for understanding the CEO–TMT interface, as well as novel practical implications.


Prof. Ho Kwong KWAN is an Associate Professor of Management in the Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management Department at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). He received PhD from Drexel University. He has published over 90 articles in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology. His scholarly works have been impactful with over 6,300 Google Scholar citations and have won the honor of one of the 2021 World’s Most Cited Chinese Researchers, released by the authoritative data analysis platform Scopus. He was a speaker of TEDxShenzhen and a recipient of the research awards from AOM and SIOP and the teaching awards from Drexel University and The Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. His policy recommendations on promoting the high-quality development of entrepreneurship of returned rural migrant workers received special attention from authorities concerned. He is currently a Senior Editor for Asia Pacific Journal of Management, an Editorial Review Board Member for Human Resource Management, Human Relations, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Management and Organization Review, and a Board Representative for Asia Academy of Management.

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