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Strategic Leadership: Theory and Research on Executives, Top Management Teams, and Boards

Bert Cannella, Sydney Finkelstein, and Donald C. Hambrick


This book integrates and assesses the vast and rapidly growing literature on strategic leadership, which is the study of top executives and their effects on organizations. The basic premise is that, in order to understand why organizations do the things they do, or perform the way they do, we need to comprehend deeply the people at the top—their experiences, abilities, values, social connections, aspirations, and other human features. The actions—or inactions—of a relatively small number of key people at the apex of an organization can dramatically affect organizational outcomes. The scope of ... More

Keywords: strategic leadership, executives, top management teams, boards of directors, executive succession, executive compensation, corporate governance, managerial discretion, upper-echelons theory, chief executive officers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195162073
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162073.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bert Cannella, author
Texas A&M University

Sydney Finkelstein, author
Dartmouth College
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Donald C. Hambrick, author
Columbia University
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