Journal of General Management
This study applies upper echelons theory associated with executive dismissal and power to examine the relationships of performance and four types of executive power—structural, prestige, expert, and governance concentration—with dismissal. Using the context of National Collegiate Athletic Association college basketball, in which coaches are completely responsible for strategies and human capital acquisition and retention, a curvilinear relationship between performance and dismissal is found. Significant relationships for prestige and expert power with dismissal are also found, but the “honeymoon period” is longer than prior studies of executive and coach dismissal have shown. Surprisingly, concentrated governance is found to be negatively associated with the likelihood of dismissal.
Wangrow, David B.; Schwartz, Evan; and Hughes-Morgan, Margaret, "Executive Dismissal or Retention? A Study of Performance, Power, and Survival for College Basketball Coaches" (2021). Management Faculty Research and Publications. 353.
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