Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Sheraton Grand Chicago, Sheraton Ballroom II
- Chair: Renee Adams, University of New South Wales
Are CEOs Different? Characteristics of Top Managers
AbstractWe use 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. We do 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.
Experimenting With Entrepreneurship: The Effect of Job-Protected Leave
AbstractDo potential entrepreneurs remain in wage employment because of the danger that they will face worse job opportunities should their entrepreneurial ventures fail? Using a Canadian reform that extended job-protected leave to one year for women giving birth after a cutoff date, we study whether the option to return to a previous job increases entrepreneurship. A regression discontinuity design reveals that longer job-protected leave increases entrepreneurship by 1.8 percentage points. The results are driven by more educated entrepreneurs, starting ﬁrms that survive at least five years and hire paid employees, in industries where experimentation is more valuable.
University of Texas-Austin
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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