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Strategic LeadershipTheory and Research on Executives, Top Management Teams, and Boards$
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Bert Cannella, Sydney Finkelstein, and Donald C. Hambrick

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162073.001.0001

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Executive Experiences and Organizational Outcomes

Executive Experiences and Organizational Outcomes

Chapter:
(p.83) 4 Executive Experiences and Organizational Outcomes
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Strategic Leadership
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Sydney Finkelstein (Contributor Webpage)

Donald C. Hambrick (Contributor Webpage)

Albert A. Cannella

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162073.003.0004

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

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