The New CEO and the Post‐Succession Process: An Integration of Past Research and Future Directions

23 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2015

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Shenghui Ma

University of Zurich

David Seidl

University of Zurich - Department of Business Administration (IBW)

Stéphane Guérard

University of Zurich

Date Written: October 2015

Abstract

The early tenure of a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), also referred to as ‘the CEO post‐succession process’, is a critical phase in the history of an organization, because it is associated with a high rate of organizational failure and CEO dismissal. Research on this important process has grown rapidly over the last decade, focusing particularly on the question of how the match between the CEO, the organization and the environment is created in the post‐succession process. Yet, the respective literature is highly fragmented, which suggests that there is a need for a systematic review and evaluation of existing works. Adopting the conceptual vocabulary of the practice perspective, the authors review this literature in terms of what it reveals about (1) the practices adopted by new CEOs and other actors involved in the post‐succession process, (2) the properties of the key practitioners involved, and (3) the practical context of the post‐succession process. This review suggests that new CEOs are primarily involved in practices aimed at integrating the new CEO into the organization, and practices aimed at realigning the organization with its environment. The important insights that the existing literature affords are identified, and the gaps in this body of research are highlighted. On this basis, a concrete research agenda is developed in terms of topics, methodologies and theories.

Suggested Citation

Ma, Shenghui and Seidl, David and Guérard, Stéphane, The New CEO and the Post‐Succession Process: An Integration of Past Research and Future Directions (October 2015). International Journal of Management Reviews, Vol. 17, Issue 4, pp. 460-482, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2675655 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijmr.12048

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Stéphane Guérard

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