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Does Personality Influence Agency Problems? The Role of the ‘Big Five’ Personality Dimensions

Politis, John D. and Politis, Nicholas (2016). Does Personality Influence Agency Problems? The Role of the ‘Big Five’ Personality Dimensions. In: Pinzaru, Florina and Bratianu, Constantin 12th European Conference on Management Leadership and Governance, Bucharest, Romania, 10-11 November 2016.

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Author Politis, John D.
Politis, Nicholas
Title Does Personality Influence Agency Problems? The Role of the ‘Big Five’ Personality Dimensions
Conference Name 12th European Conference on Management Leadership and Governance
Conference Location Bucharest, Romania
Conference Dates 10-11 November 2016
Conference Publication Title Proceedings of the 12th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance ECMLG 2016
Editor Pinzaru, Florina
Bratianu, Constantin
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited
Publication Year 2016
ISBN 9781911218203   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
ISSN 2048-9021   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 231
End Page 239
Total Pages 9
Field of Research 1503 - Business and Management
Abstract This study examines the role that personality plays in the four determinants of agency problems, known in the literature as direct wealth transfer, asset substitution, underinvestment and overinvestment. The study involves a questionnaire-based survey of employees from the banking sector in Cyprus. A total of 231 full time employees assessed the personality traits of 58 supervisors, a few months before the 2013 financial crisis. The findings do not support the relation between the personality dimensions and agency problems. However, the findings revealed that the reverse-scoring of the negatively-keyed items of conscientiousness supported the independence of another construct, which we have chosen to name ‘non-conscientiousness’. Non-conscientiousness was significantly and positively related with one of the four agency problems (i.e., under investment). This finding suggests that taking into account the components of conscientiousness and ‘non-conscientiousness’ might provide the beginning of understanding which of the personality traits influence ethical leader behaviour and its consequences on agency problems in the financial sector. The limitations of the study and directions for future research are discussed.
Keyword agency problems
'big five'
creative accounting
personality characteristics
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