Leaving a Legacy: Position Imprints and Successor Turnover in Young Firms

We argue that position imprints—the legacies left by the first incumbents of particular functional positions—constrain subsequent position holders

M. Diane Burton; Christine M. Beckman

2010

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  • We argue that position imprints—the legacies left by the first incumbents of particular functional positions—constrain subsequent position holders
  • We show that the functional experience of the person who creates a position influences the turnover rate of successors who later occupy that position
  • In demonstrating the effects of position imprints on successor mobility we add a temporal dimension to theories of turnover

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