Top management as strategic resource: proposal research agenda from Hambrick’s studies

Roberto Medeiros Jr, Fernando Antonio Ribeiro Serra, Manuel Anibal Silva Portugal Vasconcelos Ferreira


The aim of this article is to infer an initial agenda in Brazil for research into Top Management as a Strategic Resource, from selected academic works. A brief description of methodological procedures was included, followed by the revision of the  contribution by Donald Hambrick,  a renowned authority in the field. A set of  propositions was inferred, which could orient future research, global discussions and conclusions. This is a descriptive research study, based on a bibliographic review. From 57 referenced articles, 31 were selected. On the basis of this study,  a Brazilian research agenda with nine lines of study was proposed: tenure versus performance; compensation, strategic choices and organizational results; Brazilian companies’ problems versus foreign companies' problems; CEO characteristics and their decisions; succession issues; size and profitability versus compensation; tenure and status quo defense; TMT heterogeneity and decision taking; narcissistic CEO profile, decisions and performance.


Top Management; tenure; strategy.



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