Pathways to Power: Class, Hyper-Agency and the French Corporate Elite

  title={Pathways to Power: Class, Hyper-Agency and the French Corporate Elite},
  author={Mairi Maclean and Charles Harvey and Gerhard Kling},
  journal={Organization Studies},
  pages={825 - 855}
This paper explores pathways to power from the perspective of the French corporate elite. It compares those who enter the ‘field of power’ with those who fail to reach this final tier. Adopting an innovative econometric approach, we develop and test three hypotheses. These underline the pivotal role of external networks and the strategic advantage of hyper-agency in maintaining power; and indicate that social origin remains a powerful driver in determining success. Birthright and meritocracy… 

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