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Darla Moore School of Business

Research and Resources

The Moore School created the Center for Executive Succession to leverage the world-class faculty research capability and a unique corporate/academic partnership to provide cutting-edge research in the issues, challenges and best practices regarding C-suite succession.

Current Research Projects


CEO Transition: Challenges and Learnings from the First Year

Patrick M. Wright, Professor
Anthony Nyberg, Professor
Donald J. Schepker, Assistant Professor

In 2017, CES will be embarking on a new study focused on a CEO's first year in the role as a follow up to our research on the board's perspective of successful CEO succession. For this study, we will interview CEOs about the challenges they faced and what they found most helpful during their first year. 

CMOs are from Venus and CEOs are from Mars:
An Investigation of the Duration of Marketing Officers in the C-Suite

Kartik Kalaignanam, Associate Professor
Tracey A. Swartz, Doctoral Candidate

This study examines various aspects of the role of the Chief Marketing Officer. First, it will investigate whether CMO tenure is significantly related to the (mis)match between CMOs and CEOs on the generalist-specialist continuum. Second, it will examine whether a) CMO tenure is significantly related to a new CEO and b) if this effect varies between internal and external CEOs. Third, it will explore whether CMO tenure is significantly related to the gender of CEOs and CMOs. Finally, it will examine the relationship between CMO tenure and marketing performance of the firm. Look for the full report May 2017.

Defining Success in CEO Succession: A Board Perspective

Patrick M. Wright, Professor
Anthony Nyberg, Professor
Donald J. Schepker, Assistant Professor

As CEO succession has gained increased attention among board members, this study seeks to gain insights into how they view what success looks like. It entails interviewing 25-30 board members to explore a) what events, developments and metrics they examine to determine if the board's choice for the CEO successor was the correct one, b) what they view as the key elements of a good CEO succession process and c) the role they see for the Chief HR Officer in that process.

Please contact if interested in participating in our research.