Predicting organizational identification at the CEO level

Donald Lange, Steven Boivie, James D. Westphal

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To develop further insight into antecedents of the CEO's psychological orientation toward the firm, we investigate what might lead CEOs to identify with their firms. Although research suggests that CEO organizational identification can be quite consequential for the firm, little research attention has been paid to its determinants. To predict how the special context of the CEO position might lead to identification, we consider a set of motives that members have for identifying with their organizations and consider how unique features of the CEO position might be relevant to those motives. Our theory and supportive findings help explain how the context of the CEO position, including variables often conceptualized as control mechanisms in agency theory research, can have important effects on subsequent CEO organizational identification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1224-1244
Number of pages21
JournalStrategic Management Journal
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015


  • CEO psychological orientation
  • agency theory
  • corporate governance
  • organizational identification
  • upper echelons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management


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