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Interview with Margarethe F Wiersema on The Making of a CEO

January 2009 - By Dr. Nagendra V Chowdary

The key requirement of a CEO is to be to quickly make sense of the competitive environment in which the company operates in and the skills and capabilities within the company. The CEO is in charge of setting the strategic direction of the company and in that capacity it is essential that he or she guides the company to an appropriate strategy given the environment and the skills residing within the company.
—Margarethe F Wiersema
Effective executive interview with Margarethe F Wiersema on The Making of a CEO

Margarethe F Wiersemaholds the Dean’s Professorship in Strategic Management at The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. She has an MBA and PhD from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Wiersema is internationally recognized as one of the leading experts on corporate strategy and CEO succession and replacement. She has published extensively in the premier journals in the field including the Harvard Business Review, Strategic Management Journal, the Academy of Management Journal, and Administrative Science Quarterly. Her research is widely acknowledged by

over 1,000 citations and she has been quoted by the New York Times, The Financial Times, The Economist, Fortune, BusinessWeek, and the Washington Post, and her research has appeared in The Economist Intelligence Unit for their “Executive Briefing”. The recipient of numerous awards for excellence in research and teaching, Wiersema was awarded the 2006 Distinguished PhD Alumni Award from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She also received the 2006 Outstanding Teaching Awards for the

Executive MBA Program and Health Care Executive MBA Program at UCI. She is an International Fellow for the Advanced Institute of Management Research in the UK. She has served on the faculty at the Business Schools at the University of Michigan, Rice University,and as a visiting scholar at the London Business School. Wiersema is actively involved with the business community by providing expertise on the subject of strategic analysis and thinking as well as the role of the Board of Directors and corporate governance. She has addressed a variety of business audiences, has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, and has served as Program Director for UCI’s Corporate Directors Conference in 2004. She is an elected member of the board of directors of the Strategic Management Society. She was selected as a panel member for the Academy of Management special session on Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance in 2003 and serves as President of the Corporate Strategy and Governance Group of the Strategic Management Society. She serves on the editorial boards of the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and the California Management Review.

Useful for Understanding of:

  • Qualifications and qualities to be appointed as a CEO
  • Roles and responsibilities of a CEO
  • Expected deliverables of a CEO
  • Yardstick for assessing the performance of a CEO
Originally Published in Effective Executive, IUP
Effective Executive Reference No. 03M-2009-01-04-06
IBSCDC Reference No. INT0084
Year and Month of Publication January 2009
Keywords Margarethe F Wiersema, Qualifications and qualities to be appointed as a CEO, Roles and responsibilities of a CEO, Expected deliverables of a CEO, Yardstick for assessing the performance of a CEO

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