When narcissism drives project champions: A review and research agenda

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Narcissism is a psychological state or personality disorder that is characterized by high self-regard and desire for personal aggrandizement. In an organization setting, narcissistic behavior of individuals can impact a number of operational initiatives, including new product development and other project ventures. As many projects in an organization receive sponsorship from key executives, the question must be considered: do narcissistic behaviors in project champions have any impact on the selection and governance of these projects? The purpose of this paper is to investigate the potential impact on projects of narcissism in project champions. In particular, the impacts of narcissistic behavior on project choices and project governance were investigated. Propositions for future research are presented. Challenges and suggested methodologies for studying narcissism and championing behavior are also discussed. Finally, we offer an agenda for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1180-1190
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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