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Seminar – Are CEOs Different? Characteristics of Top Managers

12:30 - 14:00

Professor Morten Sørensen, Copenhagen Business School

This research uses a data set of over 2,600 executive assessments to study thirty individual characteristics of candidates for top executive positions – CEO, CFO, COO and others. Candidate characteristics can be classified by four primary factors: general ability, execution skills, charisma and strategic skills. CEO candidates tend to score higher on all four of these factors; CFO candidates score lower. Hired candidates score higher than all assessed candidates on interpersonal skills (for each job category) suggesting that such skills are important in the selection process. Scores on the four factors also predict future career progression. Non-CEO candidates who score higher on the four factors are subsequently more likely to become CEOs. The patterns are qualitatively similar for public, private equity and venture capital owned companies. The study does not find economically large differences in the four factors for men and women. Women, however, are ultimately less likely to become CEOs holding the four factors constant.



MBA fair – London, UK

09:30 - 17:00

Learn more about the Cambridge MBA from Conrad Chua, Executive Director of the Cambridge MBA, at the Poets & Quants Centrecourt MBA Festival on 3 June as he joins the panel discussion on the value of the MBA degree and its return on investment, and how schools might adapt and thrive in changing times. (more…)


Seminar – Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Pragmatism and Organisation and Management Theory

09:30 - 12:30

Professor Philippe Lorino, ESSEC Business School

In the inaugural meeting will introduce students to Pragmatist Philosophy as reflected mainly in the ideas of Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, John Dewey and George Herbert Mead. Pragmatist Philosophy has profoundly influenced developments in organisational theory and practice, and as a living social science tradition, it continues to inform research streams and programmes such as process organisation studies, practice theory, institutional logics, routine dynamics, creativity and design, and capability research.

The second half of the session will be a panel discussion of pragmatism and the book Pragmatism and Organization Theory by Philippe Lorino. This part of the workshop will be divided into two portions. In the first, both Professor Moshe Farjoun, workshop host and visiting faculty at Cambridge Judge, and Professor Phillipe Lorino will share with participants highlights of a recent exchange they held based on Moshe’s reading of a recent draft of Philippe’s book, Pragmatism and Organization Theory. This will help participants get further insight into broader questions that pragmatism raises such as the relationship between theory and practice, action and cognition and structure and process, the difference between pragmatism and other traditions, and the applicability of pragmatism to macro and strategy questions.