A question of top talent? The effects of lateral hiring in two emerging economies

Joseph Amankwah-Amoah, Richard Nyuur, Simeon Ifere

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On the basis of a qualitative study in two emerging economies, we advance the literature on lateral hiring by developing an integrated phase model to explain how the effects of lateral hiring unfold to affect the originating firm and its employees. Our work uncovered two types of effects on the originating firm, i.e. first-order and second-order effects. Our stage model elucidates how the psychological and emotional effects are manifest to affect the existing employees. Personnel poaching appear to have triggered the quest for meaning and attempts by the existing employees to enhance their visibility, career adaptability and marketability. We discuss implications for practice, theory and research on lateral hiring.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1527-1546
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number11
Early online date14 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2017


  • human capital
  • lateral hiring
  • poaching
  • skill formation


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