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Darla Moore School of Business

Research and Resources

The Moore School created the Center for Executive Succession to leverage the world-class faculty research capability and a unique corporate/academic partnership to provide cutting-edge research in the issues, challenges and best practices regarding C-suite succession.

Current Research Projects


CEO Transition: Challenges and Learnings from the First Year

Patrick M. Wright, Professor
Anthony Nyberg, Professor
Donald J. Schepker, Assistant Professor

In 2017, CES will be embarking on a new study focused on a CEO's first year in the role as a follow up to our research on the board's perspective of successful CEO succession. For this study, we will interview CEOs about the challenges they faced and what they found most helpful during their first year. 

2017 HR@Moore Survey of Chief HR Officers 

The CES research team is currently writing the reports from the 2017 HR@Moore Survey of Chief HR Officers. Over the next 4-6 months we will develop 3 new reports:

Diversity in the CEO Succession Pool: Challenges and How Firms Address Them

This report focused on the current statistics regarding the percentages of women and minorities in both the short- and long-term CEO succession pool. CHROs reported the challenges they face in building a diverse pool and what their firms are doing to try to increase these percentages.

Dynamics in the C-Suite

This report will explore how different governance structures (e.g, CEO/Chairman roles combine with the use of a Lead Director vs. separate CEO and Chairman roles) impact trust between the CEO and the board. Also, dynamics between the CEO and the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) will be explored.

CFO or CHRO: Who’s Better at Succession?

Past CES research has examined a number of aspects of CHRO succession. This year we delve into CFO succession practices and compare them to CHRO succession practices.

Please contact if interested in participating in our research.