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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


Building the Executive Leadership Team

This study examines the practices of building a new executive leadership team when a new CEO and/or C-suite executive is placed. The transition process is extremely important, yet there are few processes established to help effectively accelerate executive team development. Our research team is in the process of interviewing current and former CEOs, members of the Board of Directors and CHROs to capture and consider every vantage point. If you have this level of experience with building the ELT and would like to be part of the interview process, please contact us at

Splitting Governance: Succession Planning Differences between Independent Board Chairs and Dual CEO/Chairs

This study focuses on differences in succession planning activities performed across companies with three different board structures: 1) combined board chair / CEO role (duality) with lead director, 2) duality without a lead director, and 3) independent board chair. The goal of the project is to identify if different board governance structures influence the effectiveness of succession planning activities conducted by the board and management.

CEO Transition: Challenges and Learnings from the First Year

This study focuses 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 on-going research, we interview CEOs about the challenges they faced and what they found most helpful during their first year. If you are a new CEO or know a new CEO who would like to be part of the interview process, please contact us at

2020 HR@Moore Survey of Chief HR Officers 

This year's HR@Moore Survey of Chief HR Officers explores aspects of CEO succession, the CHRO’s role in succession and relationship with the lead director, diversity and inclusion in leadership roles, and the concern among executives for future generations.

2019 HR@Moore Survey of Chief HR Officers 

The CES research team has developed 3 new reports from the 2019 HR@Moore Survey of Chief HR Officers:

The CHRO and Culture: Results of the 2019 HR@Moore Survey of Chief HR Officers

This report examines CHRO perceptions of how the board of directors and CEO view culture in terms of its importance and impact on firm outcomes such as performance, engagement, D&I and M&A success. The CHROs role in building, transforming and maintaining culture is also addressed.

Building the Executive Leadership Team: Results of the 2019 HR@Moore Survey of Chief HR Officers

This report addresses the aspects of executive leadership teams, including team composition, team cohesion, the frequency with which CEOs meet with the team and its members, and how the CHRO assesses and manages problems that might exist within these teams.

The CHRO and the Board: Results of the 2019 HR@Moore Survey of Chief HR Officers

This report analyzes the survey data regarding the board of directors. We focus on the board’s governance structure and composition, the cohesion and climate of the board, and the board’s assessment practices.

Please contact if interested in participating in our research.

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