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Anna Protopapas is a rarity in the corporate world. Not only is she one of a small number of top-ranking women in the biopharmaceutical industry, but as executive vice-president of global business development at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, she is also one of only a few women at the top of a Japanese company.
Boris Groysberg, associate professor in the organisational behaviour unit at Harvard Business School, asks some interesting questions in his new book Chasing Stars: The Myth of Talent and the Portability of Performance.
How many times, he argues, do corporations looking to hire a senior employee go outside the organisation to find a “star”, pay a premium, disrupt the status quo and leave good people disaffected, only to find the outsider fails to live up to expectations, is removed and the whole process starts again?
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