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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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The Study of Top Executives

The Study of Top Executives

(p.3) 1 The Study of Top Executives
Strategic Leadership

Sydney Finkelstein (Contributor Webpage)

Donald C. Hambrick (Contributor Webpage)

Albert A. Cannella

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the important effects that top executives have on organizational outcomes—both strategy and performance. It describes how the domain of “strategic leadership” fits with, but is still distinct from, the prevailing literature on leadership. The chapter traces the historical ebbs and flows in scholarly interest in senior leaders, and it elaborates on the array of leaders who constitute the book's scope of interest: chief executive officers (CEOs), top management teams (TMTs), and boards of directors. Finally, the chapter provides an overview of the flow of the entire book.

Keywords:   strategic leadership, upper-echelons theory, chief executive officers, top management teams, boards of directors

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