The Center for Executive Succession provides a forum for corporate leaders to shape
the future strategic direction of succession practices, which is increasingly one
of the board's top governance priorities. Our partners have the opportunity to contribute
to sound research that challenges the status quo and is empirically driven to further
the success of C-suite succession.
The Future of Leadership in the C-Suite
Executive succession has garnered increasing attention from Boards of Directors, CEOs,
analysts and the media. Failures and miscues in making succession decisions have cost
companies in expenses, missed growth opportunities and reputation. In spite of the
fact that executive succession presents huge risks to corporations, little is known
regarding the challenges, pitfalls and best practices. The sensitive nature of “behind
the veil” processes has limited the ability to conduct detailed research into executive
succession. Thus, the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina
has created the Center for Executive Succession to leverage the world-class faculty
research capability and a unique corporate/academic partnership to provide cutting-edge
knowledge in these areas.
The corporate/academic collaboration between CES and its partner companies will generate
credible, unique and unbiased knowledge to further the effectiveness of executive
succession practices in firms.