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The Study of Top Executives

Sydney Finkelstein, Donald C. Hambrick and Albert A. Cannella

in Strategic Leadership

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195162073
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199867332 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162073.003.0001

Series: Strategic Management Series

 The Study of Top Executives

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This chapter provides an overview of the important effects that top executives have on organizational outcomes—both strategy and performance. It describes how the domain of “strategic leadership” fits with, but is still distinct from, the prevailing literature on leadership. The chapter traces the historical ebbs and flows in scholarly interest in senior leaders, and it elaborates on the array of leaders who constitute the book's scope of interest: chief executive officers (CEOs), top management teams (TMTs), and boards of directors. Finally, the chapter provides an overview of the flow of the entire book.

Keywords: strategic leadership; upper-echelons theory; chief executive officers; top management teams; boards of directors

Chapter.  5455 words. 

Subjects: Business Strategy

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