CEO Succession, Leadership, and (Dis)similarity

A Mixed Methods Approach

  • Cristina Pratelli

Part of the Familienunternehmen und KMU book series (KMU)

About this book


CEO succession represents a challenge for many companies. The leadership style of the new CEO impacts employees’ attitudes which, in turn, might be biased by the comparison employees make with their previous CEO. Cristina Pratelli investigates how and why leadership style (dis)similarity between the predecessor and the successor develops and affects successor leadership effectiveness. After a literature review and a theoretical model, she presents results from a quantitative study with SMEs in Switzerland as well as a qualitative multiple-case study with family businesses based in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. This work offers new insights into CEO selection, leadership development, and the effectiveness of organizations.


  • Leadership, Family Business, Cognitive Psychology
  • Leadership Style Continuity and Observational Learning
  • How Does Leadership Style (Dis)similarity Influence Employees’ Attitudes?
  • Intra-Family Leadership Succession and Leadership Style (Dis)similarity

Target Groups

  • Researchers and students in the fields of management, organizational behavior, HRM, and family business
  • Practitioners in organizational change, HR, leadership development, and succession, as well as owners and consultants of family businesses

The Author

Dr. Cristina Pratelli wrote her dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Andreas Hack at the Institute of Organization and HRM at the University of Bern, Switzerland. She is currently working as consultant for change management and HR transformation.


Charismatic Leadership Family Business Family Kin Leadership Development Leadership Style Observational Learning Multiple Case Study Response Surface Methodology

Authors and affiliations

  • Cristina Pratelli
    • 1
  1. 1.BernSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-24818-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-24819-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2520-1174
  • Series Online ISSN 2520-1182
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