Employer-employee matching and complementary assets: The role of cross-organization collaborations

Benjamin A. Campbell, Francesco Di Lorenzo, Valentina Tartari

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Building on human capital theory and social capital theory, we theorize that cross-organization collaborations generate a rich and distinct source of relational capital that enhances employer-employee matches when complementary assets are important in the production process. We test our theory in the context of academic scientists where collaborations within and across organizations are common channels to access complementary assets. We find that cross-organizational collaborations are positively related to an individual's decision to move to a previous coauthor's organization. Additionally, moving to an organization where an individual had a direct collaboration is positively related to postmobility performance. This suggests that prior collaboration facilitates better employer-employee matches. We unpack this finding and show that the postmobility performance increase is not only driven by increased productivity with prior coauthors, it is also driven by novel collaborations with new colleagues. Together, our findings suggest that cross-organization collaborations facilitate hiring employees who can integrate well with the complementary assets of the entire unit.

Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)799-823
Nombre de pàgines25
RevistaAcademy of Management Journal
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - de juny 2021
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