January 1, 1998

A Research Report on What Works and What Doesn't

By Valerie I. Sessa, Robert Kaiser, Jodi J. Taylor, and Richard J. Campbell

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.

Executive Selection is available here.



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