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Professor of Entrepreneurship
Corporate Governance; Auditing, Risk Control and Performance; Corporate Governance; Board Process and Remuneration at the Top
Audia P. G., Brion S., Greve H. (2015). Self-Assessment, Self-Enhancement, and the Choice of Comparison Organizations for Evaluating Organizational Performance Advances in Strategic Management, 32, pp. 89-118.
The authors examine the influence of the self-assessment and self-enhancement motives on the choice of comparison organizations in two experimental studies.Study 1 shows that: (1) self-assessment generally prevailed over self-enhancement, guiding decision makers to choose organizations that were more similar and had better performance; (2) self-enhancement was more pronounced under conditions of low performance, leading participants to more frequently choose organizations that were less similar and had lower performance; and, (3) self-enhancing comparisons inhibited perceptions of failure and the propensity to make changes.Study 2 extends the results of Study 1 by showing that participants were more likely to choose comparison organizations that had lower performance and were less similar when they were in a self-enhancement mindset than when they were in a self-assessment mindset.The combined effects of self-assessment and self-enhancement on the choice of comparison organizations are discussed in relation to the broader organizational literature on learning from performance feedback.