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CEO duality and apprentice successions: exploring the role of leadership structure in impression management

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This study contributes to the CEO duality and impression management literature by exploring the role of leadership structure in impression management behavior. Drawing on agency theory and the earnings management literature, we explore impression management within duality and apprentice successions under conditions of underperformance. Based on a sample of underperforming CEO succession events at S&P 500 companies from 2002 to 2007, we find that (1) an individual combining the functions of CEO and board leadership position is more likely to engage in impression management, using an overly positive rhetoric about firm performance, (2) the relationship between duality and impression management is weakened when net earnings growth is negative, and (3) successions in which the outgoing CEO remains chair are effective in weakening impression management.
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leadership structure, CEO succession, impression management

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Walthoff-Borm, Xavier, and Ignace De Beelde. 2015. “CEO Duality and Apprentice Successions: Exploring the Role of Leadership Structure in Impression Management.” In 38th EAA Annual Congress, Abstracts.
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Walthoff-Borm, X., & De Beelde, I. (2015). CEO duality and apprentice successions: exploring the role of leadership structure in impression management. 38th EAA Annual Congress, Abstracts. Presented at the 38th EAA Annual Congress.
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Walthoff-Borm X, De Beelde I. CEO duality and apprentice successions: exploring the role of leadership structure in impression management. 38th EAA Annual Congress, Abstracts. 2015.
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Walthoff-Borm, Xavier, and Ignace De Beelde. “CEO Duality and Apprentice Successions: Exploring the Role of Leadership Structure in Impression Management.” 38th EAA Annual Congress, Abstracts. 2015. Print.
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  abstract     = {This study contributes to the CEO duality and impression management literature by exploring the role of leadership structure in impression management behavior. Drawing on agency theory and the earnings management literature, we explore impression management within duality and apprentice successions under conditions of underperformance. Based on a sample of underperforming CEO succession events at S\&P 500 companies from 2002 to 2007, we find that (1) an individual combining the functions of CEO and board leadership position is more likely to engage in impression management, using an overly positive rhetoric about firm performance, (2) the relationship between duality and impression management is weakened when net earnings growth is negative, and (3) successions in which the outgoing CEO remains chair are effective in weakening impression management.},
  author       = {Walthoff-Borm, Xavier and De Beelde, Ignace},
  booktitle    = {38th EAA Annual Congress, Abstracts},
  keyword      = {leadership structure,CEO succession,impression management},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Glasgow, UK},
  title        = {CEO duality and apprentice successions: exploring the role of leadership structure in impression management},
  year         = {2015},
}