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Recruiting for Small Business Growth: Micro-level Evidence
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. HUI Research, Stockholm, Sweden. (Företagen och företagens villkor)
Örebro University, Swedish Business School at Örebro University. Ratio Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. (Företagen och företagens villkor)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0149-9598
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Abstract [en]

We examine the link between new employees in leading positions and subsequent productivity in small- and medium-sized (SME) enterprises. Managers and professionals are likely to possess important tacit knowledge. They are also in a position to influence the employing firm. Exploiting rich and comprehensive panel data for Sweden in the 2001-2010 period and employing semi-parametric and quasi-experimental estimation techniques, we find that newly recruited leading personnel have a positive and statistically significant impact on the productivity of the hiring SME. Interestingly, our results suggest that professionals with experience from international firms and enterprise groups contribute the most to total factor productivity. Overall, the findings suggest the importance of mobility of leading personnel for productivity-enhancing knowledge spillovers to SMEs. 

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Recruitment, knowledge spillovers, firm growth, productivity, SME
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Economics
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-54195OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-54195DiVA: diva2:1059935
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Snabbväxande företag och kunskapsöverföring
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The Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation, W2013-0425:1
Available from: 2016-12-26 Created: 2016-12-26 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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