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Seminar: CEOs’ career success: Protean career and personality perspectives in transition economies

National Economics University

E-PhD Program Seminar Series

CEOs’ career success: Protean career and personality perspectives in transition economies


Duc-Kien Nguyen

Faculty of Human Resource Economics and Management

National Economics University, Vietnam

Yehuda Baruch

Southampton Business School

University of Southampton, United Kingdom

   Time and venue:

Date: Thursday, 28 January 2020

Time: 4.30PM – 5.30PM

Venue: Room 15.01, Building A1, National Economics University


Research background: Knowledge about the predictors of CEO career success has been limited, particularly in non-Western countries. Many studies have investigated the objective or subjective aspects of career success, but rarely both simultaneously, and such studies typically focus on mid-level managers or employees’ level rather than the top echelons. Typically, theories originating from the West are applied, modified and expanded in the East without in-depth examination of their fit. Additionally, regarding participants in the early career success research samples, although employees, professionals, managers, executives and entrepreneurs were included, CEOs per se seem to be much less so, except the research of Orser and Leck (2010). Therefore, it is widely accepted that the area of CEO career success remains under-researched.

Purpose of the article: We studied career success of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in a non-Western, transition economy context by examining associations between its objective and subjective aspects as well as role of personality traits and protean career orientation (PCO) in determining CEO career success. We tested for moderation effect of ownership structure and employment context on associations between personality traits and PCO and CEO career success.

Methods: Our findings are based on multiple sources of primary and secondary data associated with 179 CEOs in listed companies in Vietnam. The results of structural equation modelling support our research model.

Findings & Value added: Our findings portray CEO career success in transition economies and realize the predicting power of career orientation and personality as well as moderating factors like sector, ownership and size on career success. We expand career theory to transition economies and contribute to the CEO careers’ literature.

 About presenter

Dr. Duc-Kien Nguyen has been working as a lecturer at Faculty of Human Resource Economics and Management, National Economics University (NEU), Vietnam since 1998. He worked as Research Associate at Southampton Business School. He works on human capital, political skill, personality trait, protean career orientation and managerial power, and their impact on executive career success. In addition, he has a particular interest in issues that lie at the intersections of corporate governance, human capital and executive pay.

About series

This seminar series is part of the E-PhD Program at National Economics University. It targets PhD students, early-career researchers, and senior faculty who are interested in doing research in the areas of economics, business, management, and other inter-disciplinary fields of social science. The series is a platform for the wider research community to exchange ideas, networks and collaborations.


Contact details

Bach Ngoc Thang

Seminar series coordinator

Room 15.04, Building A1

Institute for Sustainable Development

National Economics University

207 Giai Phong Road, Hanoi, Vietnam

M: +84 35 443 1750

E:  bnthang@gmail.com, or thangbn@neu.edu.vn

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