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Short-term versus long-term impact of managers: evidence from the football industry

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posted on 05.09.2017, 10:00 by Mathew HughesMathew Hughes, Paul Hughes, Kamel Mellahi, Cherif Guermat
Studies into the impact of top manager change on organization performance have revealed inconsistent findings. Using longitudinal data over a 12-year period on football organizations, we test for the short-term and long-term effects of manager change in comparison to the tenures of incumbent top managers. We find that long incumbent tenures are associated with performance far above the average. But when looking at change events, contrary to theoretical expectations, we find that change in the short term leads to a brief reprieve in poor performance only for performance to deteriorate in the long term as underlying weaknesses once again take hold. Our findings reveal the illusion of a short-term reprieve and the long-term consequences of this illusion. We map several implications for research and practice from our work.

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  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

British Journal of Management

Volume

21

Issue

2

Pages

571 - 589

Citation

HUGHES, M. ... et al., 2010. Short-term versus long-term impact of managers: evidence from the football industry. British Journal of Management, 21 (2), pp.571-589.

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons (© British Academy of Management)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2010

ISSN

1045-3172

eISSN

1467-8551

Language

en

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