Leadership succession and organizational success: When do new chief executives make a difference?

George A. Boyne, Oliver James, Peter John, Nicolai Petrovsky*

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    When do new chief executives in the public sector make a difference to organizational performance? Theory suggests that executive succession has both adaptive and disruptive effects on public organizations, and the balance between these is likely to depend on the performance of the organization in the period before a new top manager takes office. We test this proposition on several years of data on all 148 English principal local authorities. Our results suggest that chief executive succession makes a difference to performance, and that succession has a positive effect where prior performance is low, but a negative effect where it is high.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)339-346
    Number of pages8
    JournalPublic Money and Management
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Public Administration

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