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Strategic Leadership
By Sydney Finkelstein

Strategic Leadership

Theory and Research on Executives, Top Management Teams, and Boards


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Strategic Leadership by Sydney Finkelstein

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for George R. Terry Book Award 2010.

Book Description

This book integrates and assesses the vast and rapidly growing literature on strategic leadership, which is the study of top executives and their effects on organizations. The basic premise is that in order to understand why organizations do the things they do, or perform the way they do, we need to deeply comprehend the people at the top- their experiences, abilities, values, social connections, aspirations, and other human features. The actions - or inactions - of a relatively small number of key people at the apex of an organization can dramatically affect organizational outcomes. The scope of strategic leadership includes individual executives, especially chief executive officers (CEOs), groups of executives (top management teams, or TMTs); and governing bodies (particularly boards of directors). Accordingly, the book addresses an array of topics regarding CEOs (e.g., values, personality, motives, demography, succession, and compensation); TMTs (including composition, processes, and dynamics; and boards of directors (why boards look and behave the way they do, and the consequences of board profiles and behaviors). Strategic Leadership synthesizes what is known about strategic leadership and indicates new research directions. The book is meant primarily for scholars who strive to assess and understand the phenomena of strategic leadership. It offers a considerable foundation on which professionals involved in executive search, compensation, appraisal and staffing, as well as board members who evaluate executive performance and potential, might build their tools and perspectives.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195162073
ISBN-10: 0195162072
Format: Hardback
(244mm x 165mm x 26mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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We've all watched smart, experienced leaders make flawed - even catastrophic - decisions. How can the risks be reduced? And how can you be sure that you're making the right decisions? This book shows how the usually beneficial processes of the human mind can become traps. It offers a different model to help us make better decisions.

Why Smart Executives Fail by Sydney Finkelstein Why Smart Executives Fail, Paperback (January 2007)

Finkelstein has carried out the largest research program ever devoted to business breakdowns. In "Why Smart Executives Fail" he uncovers the regular causes with startling clarity and unassailable documentation.

Dynamic Capabilities by Sydney Finkelstein Dynamic Capabilities, Hardback (January 2007)

Creating, adapting to, and exploiting change is inherently entrepreneurial. To survive and prosper under conditions of change, firms must develop the "dynamic capabilities" to create, extend, and modify the ways in which they operate. The capacity of an organization to create, extend, or modify its resource base is vital.

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Author Biography - Sydney Finkelstein

Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management at the Tuck School at Dartmouth College, where he teaches courses on Leadership, Top Management Teams, and Managing Mergers and Acquisitions. He is also Faculty Director of the flagship Tuck Executive Program, as well as a consultant for companies around the world. Professor Finkelstein has conducted extensive research on strategic leadership, published numerous articles in the major journals in his field, and has written ten books. Donald C. Hambrick is the Smeal Chaired Professor of Management, Smeal College of Business Administration, at The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a PhD degree from The Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses primarily on the study of top executives and their effects on strategy and performance. An active consultant and executive education instructor, he also served as president of the Academy of Management. Albert A. Cannella Jr. is Koerner Chair in Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Tulane University. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1991. He serves on the editorial review boards of Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Strategic Management Journal. His research interests focus on executives, entrepreneurship, and competitive dynamics.

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