Donald C. Hambrick's contribution to the upper echelon theory – a bibliometric study

José Eduardo Valladares Teixeira


Objective: Our objective was to investigate the impact of Donald C. Hambrick’s contributions to the Upper Echelon Theory (UET).

Approach: A bibliometric study of citations and co-citations in articles which refer to research published by the author on UET.

Results: In this study, we confirmed the relevance of articles published by Hambrick on the UET over time, revealed the association of the UET with different theoretical currents in Management and identified current research fronts on the subject.

Limitations: The search for citations to Hambrick’s work on UET was limited to articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals, which eliminated part of the author’s research on the subject. We obtained the citations to Hambrick’s articles on UET exclusively from the ISI Web of Knowledge database, which uses highly selective criteria for choosing indexed publications indexed.

Practical implications: Based on the results, we point out opportunities for further investigation into topics regarding Upper Echelons Theory, application and analysis in new contexts.

Originality / Relevance: This is the first known bibliometric study to analyze all Hambrick’s articles on the UET.


Donald C. Hambrick; Upper echelon theory; Biblimetrics; Top management team.


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