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Are CEOs Getting the Best from Corporate Functions?

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abstract At too many large companies, corporate functions like HR and IT don’t get enough strategic direction from the CEO. Four basic steps can help.

Few CEOs give enough direction to the heads of their corporate-level functions. That’s the conclusion of a survey we conducted of more than 50 function heads at some of Europe’s leading companies. We are referring here to larger companies in which corporate-level functions such as finance, human resources, information technology, strategy, purchasing and legal provide policies, controls and services to decentralized operating divisions. Fortunately, some CEOs have found ways to address the problem.

In our survey, fewer than one in 10 function heads felt they had received sufficient guidance on how their function should contribute to the company’s overall strategy. Instead, they were expected to develop their own ideas and functional strategies.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords Corporate Strategy, Corporate Function, CEO, Functional Head, Functional Strategy, Added Value
   
project The Dynamics of the Strategic Apex - Investigating Antecedents and Outcomes of Corporate Headquarters Change
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 20-3-2012
journal MIT Sloan Management Review
publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) (Boston USA)
ISSN 1532-9194
ISSN (online) 1532-8937
volume of journal 53
number of issue 3
page(s) 11-14
review internal review
   
profile area SoM - Responsible Corporate Competitiveness (RoCC)
citation Campbell, A., Kunisch, S., & Müller-Stewens, G. (2012). Are CEOs Getting the Best from Corporate Functions?. MIT Sloan Management Review, 53(3), 11-14.