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Upper Echelons: The Organization as a Reflection of Its Top Managers
Donald C. Hambrick and Phyllis A. Mason
The Academy of Management Review
Vol. 9, No. 2 (Apr., 1984), pp. 193-206
Published by: Academy of Management
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/258434
Page Count: 14
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Theorists in various fields have discussed characteristics of top managers. This paper attempts to synthesize these previously fragmented literatures around a more general "upper echelons perspective." The theory states that organizational outcomes-strategic choices and performance levels-are partially predicted by managerial background characteristics. Propositions and methodological suggestions are included.
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