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The making of a manager: evidence from military officer training

Erik Grönqvist () and Erik Lindqvist ()
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Erik Grönqvist: IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy, Postal: P.O. Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

No 2015:7, Working Paper Series from IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

Abstract: We show that officer training during the Swedish military service has a strong positive effect on the probability to attain a managerial position later in life. The most intense type of officer training increases the probability of becoming a civilian manager by about 5 percentage points, or 75 percent. Officer training also increases educational attainment post-military service. We argue that the effect on civilian leadership could be due to acquisition of leadership specific skills during the military service, and present suggestive evidence related to alternative mechanisms, such as signalling, networks, and training unrelated to leadership.

Keywords: Leadership; management; CEOs; non-cognitive skills; regression-discontinuity; program evaluation; conscription; military service; military officers; military leadership (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 J24 J31 M51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 86 pages
Date: 2015-04-22
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Published as Grönqvist, Erik and Erik Lindqvist, 'The making of a manager: evidence from military officer training' in Journal of Labor Economics, 2016.

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