Talk to focus on influence of CEO cognition on firm performance

When it comes to firm performance, research shows that CEOs play a dominant role.

This week’s Goodman School of Business Luncheon Speaker Series event will discuss how firm performance is not only impacted by the mental perspectives and representations of CEOs, but also industry conditions.

Shavin Malhotra, Professor of Strategy at the University of Waterloo’s Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business, will present his findings on this topic Friday, Jan. 28 during his talk, “A Blessing and a Curse: How CEO Cognitive Complexity Influences Firm Performance.”

Shavin Malhotra is a Professor of Strategy and the Conrad Excellence Chair at the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business at the University of Waterloo.

The webinar will examine how limited versus dynamic mental constructs of CEOs affect firm performance in various industry conditions.

Malhotra is also the Conrad Excellence Chair at the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business. His research primarily focuses on strategic leadership, corporate strategy and performance, and gender diversity in top management teams. His work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review and the Wall Street Journal, alongside leading management journals, and has received seven best paper awards.

The Goodman speaker series provides Goodman faculty, staff and students with an informal opportunity to listen and discuss recent advances in research, teaching and practices with business colleagues virtually.

Malhotra’s talk will take place virtually from 12:30 to 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend and can RSVP to receive a link to the session by emailing Crystal Li at

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