Using executive education program rosters to identify a succession cohort

Mark E. Haskins (Mark E. Haskins, the coauthor of Teaching Management: A Field Guide for Professors, Consultants and Corporate Trainers, teaches in the Darden School's executive education (EE) program. He has designed and delivered EE programs for major US companies)
George R. Shaffer (Senior Director of Executive Education, Lecturer in Business Administration, at The Darden School of Business. Previously, he has held senior management positions both with AT&T and Lucent Technologies, where was Director‐Global People Development)

Strategy & Leadership

ISSN: 1087-8572

Publication date: 7 September 2010



This paper posits that an organization's roster of managers slated to attend, or who have attended, an executive development program can be used as the starting point for: developing an organizational talent profile, and facilitating the initiation of, or re‐invigoration of, an entity's strategic succession planning process.


This paper is the culmination of over 40 years of working with corporations in the arena of talent development.


A practical, guiding framework for identifying the best candidates for succession planning purposes and tailoring their further professional development agendas is presented and discussed.

Practical implications

The approach, framework, and related benefits presented here are immediately and broadly applicable.


Readers are provided with a field‐inspired framework for identifying a succession planning managerial cohort and customizing their subsequent professional development endeavors. Moreover, it invites companies to leverage their executive education program rosters as a starting point for identifying the best possible succession planning cohort.



Haskins, M. and Shaffer, G. (2010), "Using executive education program rosters to identify a succession cohort", Strategy & Leadership, Vol. 38 No. 5, pp. 39-44.

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