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Head-hunter methods for CEO selection

Steuer, Max, Abell, Peter and Wynn, Henry ORCID: 0000-0002-6448-1080 (2015) Head-hunter methods for CEO selection. Journal of General Management, 41 (1). pp. 3-24. ISSN 0306-3070

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Almost all appointments of CEOs to major non-financial firms involve at least some headhunter involvement. Final selection always rests with the company board, but frequently the board chooses between candidates most of whom have been suggested for consideration by a head-hunter. The existing literature covers such issues as the scope and role of head-hunters in CEO appointments. The way that search firms select who to put forward for consideration has not been investigated. In this paper the authors describe the working methods used by ten major London-based national and international executive search firms in identifying suitable candidates forCEOposts. Their findings are based on extensive interviews. The primary finding is that performance of candidates in various posts prior to being put forward for consideration plays a minor role in CEO selection compared to other considerations. Other findings have to do with CEO remuneration and on-going relations between head-hunters and successful candidates.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Braybrooke Press Ltd.
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2015 15:37
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2024 05:06

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