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What is 'C-Suite'

C-suite is a widely-used slang term used to collectively refer to a corporation's most important senior executives. C-Suite gets its name because top senior executives' titles tend to start with the letter C, for chief, as in chief executive officer, chief operating officer and chief information officer.

Explaining 'C-Suite'

The C-suite is considered the most important and influential group of individuals at a company. Being a member of this group comes with high-stakes decision making, a more demanding workload and high compensation. As "chief" titles proliferate, however, job-title inflation may decrease the prestige associated with being a member of the C-suite.


Further Reading


Boiling the frog slowly: The immersion of C-suite financial executives into fraud
link.springer.com [PDF]
… unethical conduct (Maruna and Copes 2005) as well as the underlying economic and political … a detailed, nuanced analysis of the narrative transcripts of 13 C-suite fraudsters (Ahrens … Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Accounting Officer (CAO), Controller, Director of Finance (DF), or …

Tomorrow's C-Suite AgendaTomorrow's C-Suite Agenda
www.oxfordhandbooks.com [PDF]
… unethical conduct (Maruna and Copes 2005) as well as the underlying economic and political … a detailed, nuanced analysis of the narrative transcripts of 13 C-suite fraudsters (Ahrens … Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Accounting Officer (CAO), Controller, Director of Finance (DF), or …

Communications officers and the C-suite: A study of Financial Times Global 500 companiesCommunications officers and the C-suite: A study of Financial Times Global 500 companies
www.sciencedirect.com [PDF]
… unethical conduct (Maruna and Copes 2005) as well as the underlying economic and political … a detailed, nuanced analysis of the narrative transcripts of 13 C-suite fraudsters (Ahrens … Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Accounting Officer (CAO), Controller, Director of Finance (DF), or …

Does Accounting and Financial Expertise in the C-Suite Aid or Mitigate Earnings Management?Does Accounting and Financial Expertise in the C-Suite Aid or Mitigate Earnings Management?
papers.ssrn.com [PDF]
… unethical conduct (Maruna and Copes 2005) as well as the underlying economic and political … a detailed, nuanced analysis of the narrative transcripts of 13 C-suite fraudsters (Ahrens … Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Accounting Officer (CAO), Controller, Director of Finance (DF), or …

Does Gender in the C-Suite Really Matter?Does Gender in the C-Suite Really Matter?
journals.sagepub.com [PDF]
… unethical conduct (Maruna and Copes 2005) as well as the underlying economic and political … a detailed, nuanced analysis of the narrative transcripts of 13 C-suite fraudsters (Ahrens … Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Accounting Officer (CAO), Controller, Director of Finance (DF), or …

From the Ivy tower to the C-suite: garbage can processes and corporate strategic decision makingFrom the Ivy tower to the C-suite: garbage can processes and corporate strategic decision making
www.emerald.com [PDF]
… unethical conduct (Maruna and Copes 2005) as well as the underlying economic and political … a detailed, nuanced analysis of the narrative transcripts of 13 C-suite fraudsters (Ahrens … Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Accounting Officer (CAO), Controller, Director of Finance (DF), or …

The bottom line: corporate performance and gender diversity in the c-suite (2004-2008)The bottom line: corporate performance and gender diversity in the c-suite (2004-2008)
papers.ssrn.com [PDF]
… unethical conduct (Maruna and Copes 2005) as well as the underlying economic and political … a detailed, nuanced analysis of the narrative transcripts of 13 C-suite fraudsters (Ahrens … Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Accounting Officer (CAO), Controller, Director of Finance (DF), or …

Who lives in the C-suite? Organizational structure and the division of labor in top managementWho lives in the C-suite? Organizational structure and the division of labor in top management
pubsonline.informs.org [PDF]
… unethical conduct (Maruna and Copes 2005) as well as the underlying economic and political … a detailed, nuanced analysis of the narrative transcripts of 13 C-suite fraudsters (Ahrens … Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Accounting Officer (CAO), Controller, Director of Finance (DF), or …



Q&A About C-Suite


Who are considered members of the C-suite?

Chief executive officers, chief operating officers and chief information officers.

How can you tell if someone is in the c-suite?

By looking at their title or position. For example, if they have a title starting with "Chief", then they are likely in the c-suite. If not, then it is unlikely that they are part of this group.

What do you mean by job title inflation?

Job title inflation means that there are more people with high level positions than before. This may decrease prestige associated with being in the C-suite.

Why does the group get its name?

Because top senior executives' titles tend to start with the letter "C" for "chief".

What is the C-suite?

The C-suite is a widely used slang term that refers to a corporation's most important senior executives.

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