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Chairperson Succession

Competences, Moderators, and Disclosure

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    • Cornel Germann
    Pages 1-15Open Access
  3. Regulation

    • Cornel Germann
    Pages 17-29Open Access
  4. Theory

    • Cornel Germann
    Pages 31-39Open Access
  5. Chairperson Succession Planning

    • Cornel Germann
    Pages 41-85Open Access
  6. Methodology and Empirical Research

    • Cornel Germann
    Pages 87-98Open Access
  7. Qualitative Paradigm

    • Cornel Germann
    Pages 99-130Open Access
  8. Quantitative Paradigm

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    Pages 131-192Open Access
  9. Research Contribution and Conclusion

    • Cornel Germann
    Pages 193-231Open Access
  10. Back Matter

    Pages 233-261

About this book

This open access book empirically analyses the competences (input), moderators (process), and disclosure (output) of board chair succession practices for publicly listed organisations in Switzerland. As primus inter pares (Latin for first among equals), the chair of the board of directors holds a unique organisational position. For fulfilling the non-transferable duties pursuant to Article 716a revCO, it is essential that the chair is a person who has rational economic and socio-emotional skills. To date, however, it is unclear how organisations structure the search for a chairperson. On the one hand, this ambiguity arises from a legal perspective, as succession-related formal regulations (hard law) or best-governance principles (soft law) are rare and often lack specificity, and, on the other hand, from a business perspective, as there is a lack of sufficient attention and diligence. Previous research on board governance has primarily focused on the dyadic relationship between board composition and organisational performance (board effectiveness research). However, as board succession is a dynamic process, the research focus should go beyond a pure output/performance paradigm. 

Authors and Affiliations

  • St. Gallen, Switzerland

    Cornel Germann

About the author

Cornel Germann is a Senior Research Fellow and PostDoc at the Institute of Public Finance , Fiscal Law and Law & Economics, University of St. Gallen (HSG). His research focuses on behavioral aspects of board of directors with a special emphasis on board chair and director selection, board committees, and board strategic leadership. Cornel Germann has previous working experience in banking, consulting, and real estate.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Chairperson Succession

  • Book Subtitle: Competences, Moderators, and Disclosure

  • Authors: Cornel Germann

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-40817-6

  • Publisher: Springer Gabler Wiesbaden

  • eBook Packages: Social Science and Law (German Language)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-658-40816-9Published: 19 April 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-658-40817-6Published: 18 April 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXI, 261

  • Number of Illustrations: 9 b/w illustrations, 42 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Finance, general

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