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Who shall succeed? An examination of manager overconfidence and CEO selection

Lin Li
Wilson H S Tong
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By categorizing managerial confidence attributes into overconfidence, rationality and diffidence with the methodology used in the finance literature, we investigate how company boards strategically select chief executive officer (CEO) replacements from the senior management pool with different confidence attributes. In normal retirements, company boards tend to select succeeding managers with the same confidence attribute as retiring CEOs. If boards fire company CEOs, they tend to select rational successors irrespective of the confidence attributes of the ousted CEOs. Such board inclination of picking rational successors also occurs when corporate operation is at the recession stage or corporate strategy is changed surrounding succession. The evidence indicates that the managerial confidence attribute is an important consideration of the board in the CEO selection process and that the board deliberately selects the CEO with a certain attribute to move the firm in a planned direction.
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hal-03861065 , version 1 (27-03-2023)

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Lin Li, Wilson H S Tong. Who shall succeed? An examination of manager overconfidence and CEO selection. Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 2022, 49, pp.1736 - 1783. ⟨10.1111/jbfa.12607⟩. ⟨hal-03861065⟩

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