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 Abstract: Is the turnover of chief executives and other members of top management teams influenced by the performance of their organizations?  We address this question by analysing a panel data set of 148 English local authorities over four years.  Our analysis shows that low performance increases turnover.  But this effect is weaker for chief executives than for other members of senior management teams.  In addition, top management turnover increases following chief executive succession, suggesting that chief executives may be ‘scapegoating’ other senior managers when organizational performance is poor.  We assess the implication of these findings for the chain of accountability model and for the literature on turnover and organizational performance. 

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George A. Boyne, (Cardiff), Oliver James, (Exeter), Peter John (Manchester) and Nicolai Petrovsky (Cardiff)