Arijit Chatterjee
Associate professor, Management Department

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Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
General Information Research Areas Publications Teaching Other Activities

PhD in Business Administration, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
MBA, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India
Bachelor of Engineering (with distinction), Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Kolkata, India

Research Areas

Guided by the premise that a company's strategy is a human construction and that organizations become reflections of their top managers, I am studying how executives' personal qualities specifically narcissism, may explain firm strategy and performance. The concept of narcissism opens the way for an array of new insights about executive behavior, strategic decision-making, top management team dynamics, organization design, executive compensation, and executive celebrity.

I am also studying entreprenuerial behaviors, how business and society interact in emerging markets, founding teams, and the psychology of competition.

On-going Projects

Executive Personality, Capability Cues, & Risk-Taking: How Narcissistic CEOs React to Successes & Stumbles
The Effects of Narcissism on CEOs’ Glory-Hoarding and Blame-Deflecting Behavior
Collective Tenacity in Founding Teams: Linking Intrinsic Motivations to Markets
Discovery or Creation? Patterns in Start-ups by America’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Emotions and Economics
Entrepreneurship as Protest


Teaching at ESSEC

Doctoral students

PhD elective on Globalization, The Multinational Firm and Transnational Governance (With Marie Laure Djelic)


General Management Program

Masters students at ESSEC’s Paris and Singapore campuses

Managing International Business in Asia (MSc. and Advanced Masters)
Strategic Management (MSc. and Advanced Masters)

Other teaching-related activities

Global Colloquium on Participant Centered Learning at Harvard Business School (2011)

Other Teaching Activities

The Pennsylvania State University

- Strategic Management
- International management
- Introduction to Management (for Majors)
- Survey of Management

Case study

- Use as Many Hands as Possible: Weavers Studio of Bengal
The Case Centre
(Case Reference Number: 315-040-1; Teaching Note Reference Number: 315-040-8)
- From Scripts to Screens: Priya Entertainments in East India
The Case Centre
(Case Reference Number: 315-041-1; Teaching Note Reference Number: 315-041-8)

Awards and Distinctions

ASQ Editor’s Choice Collection: Top 8 articles in Corporate Governance and Strategy, 2012-current
Emerald Citation of Excellence Award, 2011
Award from Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators, 2011
Sumantra Ghoshal Research and Practice Award, Business Policy and Strategy Division, Academy of Management, 2010
Outstanding Publication award from Academy of Management for Chatterjee and Hambrick, ASQ - 2007-2008
Smeal Doctoral Dissertation Award, Pennsylvania State University - 2008
Smeal Competitive Dissertation Stipend,Pennsylvania State University - 2008
Jeanne and Charles Rider Fellowship for academic excellence, Pennsylvania State University- 2007-2008
University Graduate Fellowship to an incoming doctoral student, Pennsylvania State University - 2004-2009
INSEAD Fellowship for PhD in the Management program (declined) - 2004
Navin Kapoor Scholarship for meritorious performance, IIM Ahmedabad, 2003
Admission to Graduate Studies in Ocean Engineering at University of California, Berkeley (declined) - 2001
Chokhani Scholarship, Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Kolkata, 1992-1996
National Talent Search Scholarship awarded by NCERT, India, 1990

Scientific Activities
Editorial Board Membership
  Administrative Science Quarterly, Sage

Conference Presentations


Invited Presentations

2008: Arizona State University, Tempe; École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales, Paris
2009: Harvard Business School, Boston; SMU, Singapore; NUS, Singapore
2010: Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta; T. A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal
2014. Inferring agency when words are not available. Presented in a joint AAT / MOC / BPS Showcase Symposium entitled “The Reflective Power of Words—Capturing Upper Echelons’ Cognition through Their Verbal Communication”. Academy of Management Meeting, Philadelphia
2014. Chair of Session on “Understanding Actors and Institutions: New Directions in Research on Institutional Work”. Academy of Management Meeting, Philadelphia
2014. Panelist in a session on “Strategic Leadership and Governance”. Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, Madrid
2014. Chatterjee, A. (with Andreas König, Nathan Hiller, and Sucheta Nadkarni). The Influence of Hambrick and Mason on Theory and Research on CEO Personality, Motivation, and Cognition. Presented in a Conference titled “A Celebration of Hambrick and Mason: Thirty Years of Upper Echelons Research” at Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
2014. Panelist in a session titled “Gender Diversity in the Workplace: A Bottom-Up Approach” in a meeting organized by the Singapore Committee for UN Women

Conferences (Refereed)

Strategic Management Society, Madrid
Academy of Management, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
EGOS Colloquium in Helsinki, Finland
Academy of Management, Boston, Massachusetts

Affiliations and Academic Responsibilities


Member of Academy of Management
Member of Strategic Management Society
Member of European Group for Organizational Studies

Editorial Board, Administrative Science Quarterly (2013 - current)

Reviewer for Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Academy of Management Annual Conference and Strategic Management Society Conference

Consulting & Other Activities

Field Projects with Companies and Non-Profit Organizations

2012. Weavers Studio and Priya Entertainments
2013. COSTFORD and Calcutta Walks
2014. Obeetee and Pour un Sourire d'Enfant
2015. Makaibari Tea Estates and Obeetee

Invitation as expert

From Research Grants Council of Hong Kong to evaluate a research proposal

Media Interviews

9 April 2013. Le Monde.  L' Asie emergente a la recherche de managers
23 June 2015. HRM Asia. Talking talent with your CEO
Media Mentions

On the destructive nature of narcissist CEOs Jan 2012
Steve Jobs May Have Been an Arrogant Jerk, But He Wasn't A Narcissist
Business Insider-12 Jan 2012
A Mirror Can Be a Dangerous Tool for Some CEOs Mar 2012

Narcissism: The problem with "bold" leadership
CBS Moneywatch-8 Jan 2013
Givers vs. Takers: The Surprising Truth about Who Gets Ahead
Knowledge@Wharton-10 Apr 2013
Narzissmus bei Führungskräften wird zu einer Epidemie Jul 2013
Dat ceo's zichzelf overschatten, is onze schuld
MT Management Team-25 Oct 2013
Narcissistic CEOs Are More Destructive Than You Think
Forbes-3 Jun 2014
6 reasons why improving security is so hard
InfoWorld-16 Mar 2015
 Jerks do finish first – but there's a sting in this tale
The Australian Financial Review-14 Jun 2015
IT168-24 Mar 2015
Why It Pays to Be a Jerk
The Atlantic-19 May 2015
CFO Narcissism And Financial Reporting Quality
ValueWalk-10 Jun 2015
The Fed is Overfeeding CEO Egos
Handelsblatt-24 June 2015
Publications in practitioner journals or other venues
2015. The Rise and Fall of Asian Luxury. Reflets Special Edition
2013. From One Flat World to Many Realities. The Straits Times
2012. From Divergence to Convergence. ESSEC Knowledge
2012. Why do Some CEOs Take More Risk Than Others? ESSEC Knowledge

Professional Experience

Senior Fellow at National Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad (April 03 - May 04)
Summer Intern, Strategy Planning & Corporate Marketing, at Tata Administrative Services (April 02 - June 02)
Second Assistant Engineer at Mitsui OSK Lines, Tokyo (August 99 - July 00)
Fourth Engineer and Junior Engineer at Wallem Group, Hong Kong (January 97 - August 99)


Useful Links
Personal Links
Website - AChatterjee
CV in pdf

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