ERIC Number: ED024113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Partial Theory of Executive Succession.
Thiemann, Francis C.
This study has two purposes: (1) To construct a partial theory of succession, and (2) to utilize a method of theory construction which combines some of the concepts of Hans Zetterberg with the principles of formal symbolic logic. A bibliography on succession in complex organizations with entries on descriptive and empirical studies from various disciplines was compiled, and from these works propositions were abstracted and categorized by key words into 91 sets and subsets. A matrix was constructed for each set and subset, and from each matrix hypothetical syllogisms were formed which employed other connectives to use as many of the units as possible. The three major sets of Predecessor, Inside Successor, and Outside Successor along with their subsets were selected for this work. Two general propositions are inferred from the study: (1) The degree and level of the predecessor's participation in successor selection varies with his success as a leader and the length of his tenure, and (2) the successor's deviation from the status quo will vary with the number and intensity of the constraints placed upon him. An 86-item, partially annotated bibliography is included. (HW)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene. Center for Advanced Study of Educational Administration.