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University of Delaware - Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics

Katalin Takacs Haynes

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Title Associate Professor of Management, Area Head - Management
Email ktakacsh@nospam6339fedb365a5.udel.edu
Office 210 Alfred Lerner Hall


Katalin Takacs Haynes is an award-winning associate professor of strategy and international management. Her research encompasses multiple aspects of corporate governance, including executive compensation and board composition. 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’s Business Review for executives.

Takacs Haynes serves as the director for the Christiana PocketMBA, a collaborative education initiative between Christiana Care Health System and the Lerner College, and as Faculty Director for MBA and Graduate Programs at the Lerner College. She also directs the annual Carol A. Ammon MBA Case Competition at the Lerner College.


  • Ph.D. in 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., 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 Review. https://doi.org/10.1111/corg.12293.
  • Zona, F., Boyd, B. K., & Takacs Haynes, K. (In press). Coordination, control, or charade? The role of board interlocks among business group members. Management Decision.
  • 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 on the London Business School Business 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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