How CEO Intrapersonal Identity Heterogeneity Affects Corporate Social Responsibility?

Jiangtao Xie, Tanusree Jain

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While micro-CSR literature has made a remarkable process to understand how a singular CEO identity (e.g., demographic, or psychological identities such as tenure or narcissism) affects corporate social responsibility (CSR), we still know very little about how CEO intrapersonal identity heterogeneity impacts CSR despite the fact CEOs hold multiple identities simultaneously. Drawing on social identity theory, we argue that CEOs hold multiple identities simultaneously that can not only challenge CEOs' cognitive abilities, but also result in incongruencies on complex decision making. Accordingly, we hypothesize that CEO intrapersonal identity heterogeneity can lead to internal ambiguity thereby negatively affecting firms' CSR performance. Using a novel language-based approach to capture CEO intrapersonal identity heterogeneity on a sample of S&P 1500 firms between 2005 and 2021, we find empirical support for our hypotheses. We also uncover the importance of gender as a critical moderating variable such that female CEOs with high intrapersonal identity heterogeneity outperform their male counterparts in mitigating the negative association between intrapersonal identity heterogeneity and CSR. Our findings highlight the the relevance of multiplicity of identities within top management for micro-CSR research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighty-third Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
EditorsSonia Taneja
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, NY
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication date2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2023: Putting the Worker Front and Center - Boston, United States
Duration: 4 Aug 20238 Aug 2023
Conference number: 83


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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SeriesAcademy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings

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