An empirical test of upper-echelon theory

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dc.contributor.author Norburn, David
dc.contributor.author Birley, Sue
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T16:10:13Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T16:10:13Z
dc.date.issued 1986-01
dc.identifier.citation School of Management Working Paper en_UK
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1826/3141
dc.description.abstract This research tested the validity of Hambrick and Mason's (1985)upper-echelon theory which posits that the characteristics of top executives will explain, partially, finanical performance variations within industries. Data was obtained from 953 top managers, the dominant coalition of the largest 150 companies within five US industries - Dairy, Footwear, Tyres, Mobile Homes and Machine Tools. Results were generally supportive: managerial characteristics not only predicted performance variations within industries - the top performers having significantly different managerial profiles than poorly performing companies - but also that the characteristics of managers within high performing companies were similar across the five industries. This greatly increases confidence in prediciting superior organisations, and enables the management development function to improve the chances of commerical success of future top managers. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Cranfield School of Management en_UK
dc.relation.ispartofseries School of Management Working Paper en_UK
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working Paper 86.01 en_UK
dc.title An empirical test of upper-echelon theory en_UK
dc.type Working Paper en_UK


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