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

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  • Joseph Amankwah-Amoah
  • Richard Nyuur
  • Simeon Ifere
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1527-1546
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number11
Early online date14 Dec 2015
DateE-pub ahead of print - 14 Dec 2015
DatePublished (current) - 17 Jun 2017


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.

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  • human capital, lateral hiring, poaching, skill formation

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