Why and when does CFO ranking in top management team informal hierarchy affect entrepreneurial firm initial public offering fraud?

Zhe Zhang, Mijia Gong, Ming Jia, Qi Zhu

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Abstract

We build upon the approach/inhibition theory of power to explain why and when CFO ranking in top management team (TMT) informal hierarchy may be related to entrepreneurial firm initial public offering (IPO) fraud, a typical type of unethical behaviour with potential benefits and costs. Our theory explains why CFOs with high rankings in TMT informal hierarchy tend to have a high level of psychological sense of power and may pay more attention to potential benefits rather than costs of unethical behaviours, resulting in a high likelihood to engage in fraud during IPO process. We further suggest that the positive relationship between CFO ranking in TMT informal hierarchy and entrepreneurial firms IPO fraud is weakened by CEO narcissism (internal environment) and environmental dynamism (external environment), respectively. Based on a sample of Chinese entrepreneurial firms listed in growth enterprise market from 2010 to 2017, we find support for our theoretical predictions. By focusing on the ‘specialist’ executives – CFOs – the findings suggest the need to consider rankings in TMT informal hierarchy when analysing the antecedents of IPO fraud.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Management Studies
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Oct 2022

Keywords

  • CEO-CFO dyad
  • CFO ranking
  • entrepreneurial firms
  • informal hierarchy
  • IPO fraud
  • narcissism
  • unethical behaviours

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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