Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35032
Authors: 
Goodall, Amanda H.
Kahn, Lawrence M.
Oswald, Andrew J.
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 3583
Abstract: 
Why do some leaders succeed while others fail? This question is important, but its complexity makes it hard to study systematically. We examine an industry in which there are well-defined objectives, small teams, and exact measures of leaders' characteristics. We show that a strong predictor of a leader's success in year T is that person's own level of attainment, in the underlying activity, in approximately year T-20. Our data come from 15,000 professional basketball games. The effect on team performance of the coach's 'expert knowledge' is large and is discernible in the data within 12 months of his being hired.
Subjects: 
Organizational performance
firms
leadership
fixed-effects
productivity
JEL: 
J24
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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