By Valerie I Sessa, Robert Kaiser, Jodi K. Taylor, & Richard J. Campbell
Center for Creative Leadership
Over a span of two years, researchers at the Center for Creative Leadership conducted in-depth interviews with 325 senior executives who had personally taken part in choosing someone for a top-level position. The findings, reported here, illuminate (1) how executive selection takes place in modern organizations, (2) what factors determine whether organizations look inside or outside for candidates, and (3) how selected executives are defined as successful or unsuccessful.
Sessa, V. I., Kaiser, R., Taylor, J. K., & Campbell, R. J. (1998). Executive selection: A research report on what works and what doesn’t. Greensboro, NC: Center for Creative Leadership.