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Corporate Leaders in Britain and America: A Cross-National Analysis

David Norburn
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David Norburn: Imperial College of Science and Technology

Journal of International Business Studies, 1987, vol. 18, issue 3, 15-32

Abstract: This study tested for the extent of similarity between 1708 American senior vice-presidents and those 418 British counterparts. The sample was drawn from the Fortune 500 and the Times 500, being representative of the top management teams of the largest national companies dominating domestic economies.Results show substantial differences between American and British top management in terms of corporate “grooming,” educational and domestic experiences, and in self-concept with regard to aspiration levels and executive success traits.The findings of this research should have significance to scholars of overseas investment patterns; to US and UK companies considering acquisitions in each other's countries; to top management evaluating managerial compatibility in potential US/UK joint ventures; and to those companies seeking competitive advantage in each other's domestic markets.© 1987 JIBS. Journal of International Business Studies (1987) 18, 15–32

Date: 1987
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