The performance impact of strategy ‐ manager coalignment: An empirical examination

Anisya S. Thomas, Robert J. Litschert, Kannan Ramaswamy

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This paper develops a theoretical model that explains the impact of the fit between top executive characteristics and strategic orientation on organizational performance. Using the Miles and Snow typology as an integrative framework, the central propositions of the model were evaluated. The results of the empirical examination provided significant support for the administrative dimension, an aspect of the typology that has been largely overlooked thus far. Further, it was found that firms achieving a greater degree of alignment between their strategy and the profiles of top managers, generally realized superior performance outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-522
Number of pages14
JournalStrategic Management Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • Miles and Snow
  • coalignment
  • strategy performance and top management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management


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