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International experience and CEO selection: An empirical study

  • Magnusson, Peter
  • Boggs, David J.
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    This paper extends the upper-echelons theory by examining if observable demographic characteristics can be used to predict CEO selections. Based on an empirical analysis of recent successions at USA Fortune 200 companies, it identifies international experience as an important construct associated with accession to the CEO position of large corporations. The study also finds that CEO international experience is higher in firms that are highly international in terms of sales and assets. Firm and individual control variables are discussed and included in the empirical analysis. Managerial implications and suggestions for related future research are provided.

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    Volume (Year): 12 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 107-125

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:intman:v:12:y:2006:i:1:p:107-125
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