Frequent CEO Turnover and Firm Performance: The Resilience Effect of Workforce Diversity
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AbstractCEO turnover (or succession) is a critical event in an organization that influences organizational processes and performance. The objective of this study is to investigate whether workforce diversity (i.e., age, gender, and education-level diversity) might have a resilience effect on firm performance under the frequency of CEO turnover. Based on a sample of 409 Korean firms from 2010 to 2015, our results show that firms with more frequent CEO turnover have a lower firm performance. However, firms with more gender and education-level diversity could buffer the disruptive effect of frequent CEO turnover on firm performance to offer a benefit to the organization. Our theory and findings suggest that effectively managing diverse workforce can be a resilience factor in an uncertain organizational environment because diverse workforce has complementary skills and behaviors that can cope better with uncertainty and signals social inclusion of an organization, thus fostering a long-term exchange relationship. These findings contribute to the literature on CEO turnover (or succession) and diversity.
Acceptance Date11/05/2020
All Author(s) ListYoungsang Kim, Sophia Soyoung Jeong, Daphne W. Yiu, Jinhee Moon
Journal nameJournal of Business Ethics
Year2020
ISSN0167-4544
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsDiversity, Resilience, CEO succession, CEO turnover, Firm performance

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