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ERIC Number: EJ1054432
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Narcissism and Accounting Majors
Brown, Jill; Akers, Michael D.; Giacomino, Don E.
American Journal of Business Education, v6 n3 p375-384 2013
Narcissism is a personality trait that varies in individuals much like other characteristics. Accordingly, narcissism can positively or negatively impact the leadership style and career of business leaders. While personality research has examined the level of narcissism in college-aged students over the past 30 years, only recently has limited research examined narcissism in business students. Prior research has not examined accounting students. Using the Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI), we assess the level of narcissism in accounting students at a public and private institution in the Midwest. Our findings show accounting students have a lower level of narcissism than other business students, both undergraduate and graduate, and the general population of college-age students. We find differences in the level of narcissism by gender and whether the student is a leader, or not, in student organizations. We also discuss implications for accounting education.
Descriptors: Personality Problems, Accounting, Majors (Students), Student Organizations, Student Leadership, Gender Differences, Leadership Styles, Personality Measures, Business Administration Education, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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