Executive Experiences and Organizational Outcomes

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:

Series: Strategic Management Series

 Executive Experiences and Organizational Outcomes

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This chapter deals with the more observable aspects of executives' personal orientations, specifically their experiences. The basic idea is that executives' experiences shape their perceptions and outlooks; similarly, experiences often provide rough proxies for less observable psychological properties, such as values or personality. The chapter provides comprehensive reviews and integration of the literature on the effects of the following executive characteristics on strategy and performance: tenure in position, functional background, formal education, and international experience. The chapter concludes with a detailed discussion of the factors that affect the strength of predictive associations between executives' experiences and their strategic actions.

Keywords: executive experiences; executive demography; black box problem

Chapter.  15438 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business Strategy

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