Explanations of managerial career advancement

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This article reviews and evaluates major theories explaining managerial career advancement,
and summarises findings from recent empirical research. The major theories include
organisational theories of internal labor markets, career tournaments, statistical
discrimination, and resource dependency; interpersonal theories of mentors, informal social
networks, homophily, and politics; and individual theories of leadership traits (ambition,
motivation to manage, general cognitive ability, instrumentality), human capital, managerial
skills, and multiple roles. An integration is presented to show how the theories and empirical
research fit together. Methodological issues in research on managerial advancement are
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Event39th Annual Conference of the International Military Testing Association -
Duration: 1 Jan 1997 → …


Conference39th Annual Conference of the International Military Testing Association
Period1/01/97 → …


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