Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

The demand for executive skills

Fuller, Joe, Hansen, Stephen, Ramdas, Tejas and Sadun, Raffaella (2021) The demand for executive skills. CEP Discussion Papers (1797). Centre for Economic Performance, LSE, London, UK.

[img] Text (dp1797) - Published Version
Download (1MB)


We use a unique corpus of job descriptions for C-suite positions to document skills requirements in top managerial occupations across a large sample of firms. A novel algorithm maps the text of each executive search into six separate skill clusters reflecting cognitive, interpersonal, and operational dimensions. The data show an increasing relevance of social skills in top managerial occupations, and a greater emphasis on social skills in larger and more information intensive organizations. The results suggest the need for training, search and governance mechanisms able to facilitate the match between firms and top executives along multiple and imperfectly observable skills.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Macroeconomics
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2022 10:12
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 23:55

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics