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University of Delaware - Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics

Katalin Takacs Haynes

Photograph Image of Kati Tackas-Hayne
Title Professor of Management, Area Head - Management
Email ktakacsh@nospam65135130e281b.udel.edu
Office 210 Alfred Lerner Hall


Katalin Takacs Haynes is a multiple award-winning professor of strategic management. She joined Lerner College from Texas A&M University. Her research on corporate governance, strategic decision-making, greed and corruption has appeared in Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies and Strategic Management Journal among others. Her work on executive greed and hubris has been cited in the Washington Post and other global media outlets, as well as the London Business School Business Review. Her work on socio-emotional wealth in family firms garnered Administrative Science Quarterly’s Scholarly Impact Award. Her teaching interests include strategic management, strategic leadership and business ethics.

Dr. Takacs Haynes currently serves as Management Area Head. At Lerner College she has served as Faculty Director for MBA and Graduate Programs, Academic Director of the Christiana Pocket MBA, a collaborative education initiative between Christiana Care Health System and Lerner, and Academic Director of the Carol A. Ammon MBA Case Competition. She has also served as Faculty Senator.


  • Ph.D. in business management, Arizona State University, 2007
  • MBA – masters of international management dual degree, Arizona State University and Thunderbird, the American School of International Management, 2000
  • M.A. in English and French, Eotvos Lorand University of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
  • B.A. in English and French, Eotvos Lorand University of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Select Publications

  • Takacs Haynes, K., & Rašković, M. (2021). Living with corruption in Central and Eastern Europe: Social identity and the role of moral disengagement. Journal of Business Ethics, 174(4), 825-845.
  • Takacs Haynes, K. 2021. Psychology of Greed. (2021). In A. W. Kruglanski, C. Kopetz, and E. Szumowska (Ed.), The Psychology of Extremism: A Motivational Perspective, pp. 203-229.
  • Raskovic, M., & Takacs Haynes, K. (2020). (Re)discovering social identity theory: an agenda for multinational enterprise internalization theory. Multinational Business Review, 29(2), 145-165.
  • Takacs Haynes, K., Zattoni, A., Boyd, B. K. & Minichilli, A. (2019). Figureheads or potentates? CEO power and board oversight in the context of Sarbanes Oxley. Corporate Governance: An International Reviewhttps://doi.org/10.1111/corg.12293.
  • Hitt, M. Takacs Haynes, K. (2018). CEO overpayment and underpayment: executives, governance and institutions. Management Research: Journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management, 16(1) 38-46.
  • Takacs Haynes, K. Campbell, J & Hitt, M. A. (2017). When more is not enough: Executive greed and its influence on shareholder wealth. Journal of Management, 43(2), 555 – 584.
  • Connelly, B.L., Takacs Haynes, K., Tihanyi, L., Gamache, D., & Devers, C. (2016). Minding the gap: Antecedents and consequences of top management-to-worker pay dispersion. Journal of Management, 42(4), 862-885. Youtube video about the study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA37ASgvXSE.
  • Takacs Haynes, K. T., Hitt, M. A., & Campbell, J. T. (2015). The dark side of leadership: Towards a mid‐range theory of hubris and greed in entrepreneurial contexts. Journal of Management Studies, 52(4), 479-505.
  • Takacs Haynes, K., Hitt, M. A., Josefy, M. (2015). Tipping points: How self-interest turns into greed, or altruism. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 22(3), 265-279. Featured in the London Business School Review in Dec. 2015. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/businessreview/2015/12/18/altruist-ceos-can-be-as-risky-asgreedy-ones/
  • Takacs Haynes, K. (2014). Something old, something new: Culture and CEO compensation revisited. American Journal of Business, 29(1), 5-25.
  • Boyd, B. K., Takacs Haynes, K. T., Hitt, M. A., Ketchen, D. & Bergh, D. (2012). Contingency hypotheses in strategic management research: Use, disuse, or misuse? Journal of Management, 38(1), 278-313.
  • Boyd, B. K., Takacs Haynes, K. & Zona, F. (2011). Dimensions of CEO-board relations. Journal of Management Studies, 48(8), 1467-1923.
  • Takacs Haynes K. & Hillman, A. (2010). Board capital, strategic change and CEO power. Strategic Management Journal, 31(11), 1145-1163.
  • Hitt, M. A., Takacs Haynes, K. & Serpa, R. (2010). Strategic leadership in the twenty-first century. Business Horizons, 53(5), 437-453.
  • Gomez-Mejia, L.R., Takacs Haynes, K., Nunez-Nickel, M., Jacobson, K. J. L. and Moyano-Fuentes, J. (2007). Socioemotional wealth and business risks in family controlled firms: Evidence from Spanish olive mills, Administrative Science Quarterly, 52(1), 106-137.

Awards & Honors

  • Bancroft Construction Faculty Fellowship awarded in 2018
  • Administrative Science Quarterly Scholarly Impact Award for “Gomez-Mejia, Takacs Haynes, Nunez-Nickel, Jacobson, and Moyano-Fuentes, J. , ASQ, 2007,” 2013
  • Greif Research Impact Award, Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Southern California for “Gomez-Mejia, Takacs Haynes, Nunez-Nickel, Jacobson, and Moyano-Fuentes, J., ASQ, 2007,” 2013
  • General University Research Grant, University of Delaware, 2014
  • Department of Business Administration Outstanding Scholarship Award, 2014
  • American Journal of Business Outstanding Reviewer Award, 2014
  • Emerald Literati Network Outstanding Reviewer Award, 2014
  • Lerner College Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, 2015
  • MBA Teaching Award for outstanding teaching in the MBA Program of the Lerner College of Business and Economics, 2013

Curriculum Vitae

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