Upper echelons theory: An update

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The central premise of upper echelons theory is that executives' experiences, values, and personalities greatly influence their interpretations of the situations they face and, in turn, affect their choices. At the invitation of the editor, I recap the AMR article in which the theory was originally presented (Hambrick & Mason, 1984), discuss subsequent refinements of the theory, and lay out several promising avenues for future upper echelons research. Copyright of the Academy of Management, all rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-343
Number of pages10
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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