Grijalva receives dissertation award

Release Date: July 21, 2014 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Emily Grijalva, assistant professor of organizational behavior in the University at Buffalo School of Management, won the 2014 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation on leadership and the impact of narcissistic personality in the workplace.

The award is sponsored by the Center for Leadership (CFL) at Florida International University in partnership with the Network of Leadership Scholars (NLS), and honors an individual whose dissertation makes an outstanding contribution to the field of leadership.

“Emily’s high quality research on the characteristics of leaders’ personalities and understanding their effectiveness contributes to our growing strength in leadership research,” says Paul Tesluk, the Donald S. Carmichael Professor of Organizational Behavior and chair of the Department of Organization and Human Resources in the UB School of Management. “We’re pleased to have her join our faculty and congratulate her on her well-deserved award.”

Grijalva’s dissertation research found that narcissists tend to emerge as leaders.

“There is an inverted U-shaped relationship between narcissism and leader effectiveness,” she says. “Even though we might think of narcissism as a negative trait, midrange levels of narcissism are actually ideal for leaders.”

Grijalva, who joined the UB School of Management faculty in July, will receive the Outstanding Dissertation Award during the Network of Leadership Scholars Awards presentation at the 2014 Academy of Management annual conference on Aug. 3 in Philadelphia.

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