Title

Changing of the Guards: Does Succession Planning Matter?

Publication Date

11-2-2016

Abstract

Using hand-collected data on succession planning disclosures, we study how having a formal succession plan affects the efficiency of CEO turnovers. We find that firms with succession plans have a lower likelihood of forced CEO turnovers and non-CEO executive team resignations. They also experience lower uncertainty around successions and faster learning about the incoming CEO’s ability. Additionally, these firms implement more sophisticated performance evaluation procedures and are less reliant on exogenous factors in making CEO dismissal decisions. These results are not explained by firm-specific attributes and demonstrate that succession planning leads to significant improvements in the efficiency of management turnovers.?

Document Type

Article

Keywords

CEO turnover, succession planning, CEO labor market, CEO ability, performance evaluation

Disciplines

Finance

DOI

10.2139/ssrn.2862653

Source

SMU Cox: Finance (Topic)

Language

English

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