Nothing Succeeds Like Succession: A Critical Review of Leader Succession Literature Since 1994

The Leadership Quarterly, Vol. 16, pp. 963-991

29 Pages Posted: 18 May 2009

See all articles by Robert C. Giambatista

Robert C. Giambatista

Lehigh University

W. Glenn Rowe

University of Western Ontario - Richard Ivey School of Business

Suhaib Riaz

University of Massachusetts Boston - College of Management

Date Written: December 1, 2005

Abstract

This article reviews leader succession research from 1994 to 2004. We begin with a brief summary of Kesner and Sebora’s [Kesner, I. F., & Sebora, T. C. (1994). Executive succession: Past, present and future. Journal of Management, 20, 327–372.] review of leader succession. We then critically examine intervening progress made by scholars regarding antecedents and consequences of succession. We conclude by critiquing the state of the field from both theoretical and methodological perspectives, and offering recommendations for future research. Generally, succession continues to be an attractive venue for scholars from a wide array of disciplines. Theory and methodology continue to be of variable quality, though some progress has been noted in the past decade on both fronts. Particularly notable research has generally either examined contextual aspects of succession, thus advancing our knowledge beyond main effects research, or used succession phenomena as windows into advancing organization theory.

Keywords: Leader succession, Succession antecedents, Succession consequences, CEO succession, Succession review

JEL Classification: M12, M51, M52, L2

Suggested Citation

Giambatista, Robert C. and Rowe, W. Glenn and Riaz, Suhaib, Nothing Succeeds Like Succession: A Critical Review of Leader Succession Literature Since 1994 (December 1, 2005). The Leadership Quarterly, Vol. 16, pp. 963-991. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1403431

Robert C. Giambatista

Lehigh University ( email )

621 Taylor Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
United States

W. Glenn Rowe

University of Western Ontario - Richard Ivey School of Business ( email )

1151 Richmond Street North
London, Ontario N6A 3K7
Canada

Suhaib Riaz (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts Boston - College of Management ( email )

Boston, MA
United States

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