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Top management team turnover, CEO succession type, and strategic change

  • Barron, John M.
  • Chulkov, Dmitriy V.
  • Waddell, Glen R.

While previous research suggests that CEO turnover correlates with strategic changes in firm's operations such as discontinuation of operations, we demonstrate that such findings apply only to specific types of CEO turnover, and only if non-CEO members of the top management team also exit the firm. Our analysis examines cases of contender, follower, and outsider succession and reinforces the key role of non-CEO departures in strategic change at a firm. The results support an integration of the upper echelons perspective and the power circulation theory view of top management team turnover.

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Volume (Year): 64 (2011)
Issue (Month): 8 (August)
Pages: 904-910

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