In this paper, we use chief executive officer (CEO) succession events to explore the effects of successor characteristics, including outside succession and differences between a new CEO/existing chairman on changes in the degree of firm internationalisation. In addition, we examine the moderating effect of organisational slack on the relationship between successor characteristics and change in the degree of firm internationalisation. We test our hypotheses using a sample of 2000-2005 data from 160 successive observations of listed companies in Taiwan. The results show that a firm will opt for higher levels of change on an international scale when it is characterized by the following: (1) outside succession and (2) differences between the CEO successor and the existing chairman. Further, we find that organisational slack will positively moderate the relationship between successor characteristics and the change in the degree of firm internationalisation.
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