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Diversity and career patterns of top management teams with a focus on Eastern Europe

  • With the ongoing globalization and changes in the economic environment, organizations need to be flexible and adaptable towards new situations and opportunities. In a context where firms strategically reach across national borders, firms are encountering differing cultural backgrounds. Multinational corporations (MNCs) are confronted with the question of how to fill executive positions. The need for employees with international expertise arises to reap the advantage of nationality diversity by matching the complexity of the global environment with the right level of board capital. Such firm managers must work in increasingly international contexts and cross-cultural environments. Scholars have regarded diversity as an essential element that helps organizations and their executives to deal with uncertainties arising from globalization. (Koles 2014). The top executives of an organization are regarded as an essential criterion for firm´s success. Top managers have considerable influence over the fate of the organizations they lead. These trends have led to increasing instability in classic employment relationships and show greater diversity and mobility within organizational and occupational boundaries (Dokko/Wilk/Rothbard 2009; Greenhaus/Callanan 2012; Biemann/Zacher/Feldman 2012; Koch et al. 2017). This dissertation further aims at advancing our empirical understanding of top managers diversity, internationalisation and their careers. The three research manuscripts that form the core of this thesis advance research on top managers in several ways and extend knowledge in the area of executive characteristics. All three manuscripts are anchored in the European context and address topics that are relevant yet underexplored in extant, mostly centred in the US and Western economies top management literature (Tosi/Greckhamer 2004; Carter et al. 2009; Boyd et al. 2012; Dauth 2012).

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Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Author:Anja Küpper
Referee:Tobias Dauth, Vivek K. VelamuriORCiD
Chairs and Professorships:Chair of International Management
Full text/ URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:14-qucosa2-772983
Place of publication:Leipzig
Year of Completion:2021
Page Number:88
Date of final exam:2021/09/15
Tag:TMT diversity; TMT internationalism; Top management; Upper Echelons theory
Küpper, Anja ; Dauth, Tobias: Top management gender diversity and internationalization in different institutional contexts: evidence from Germany and Poland. Küpper, Anja ; Dauth, Tobias: An investigation of top management teams national career patterns in the age of globalization-evidence from Eastern Europe. Küpper, Anja ; Dauth, Tobias: Career patterns of top management team members in Poland - an optional matching analysis.
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International