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Poaching and Firm-Sponsored Training.

Mohrenweiser, J., Zwick, T. and Backes-Gellner, U., 2019. Poaching and Firm-Sponsored Training. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 57 (1), 143-181.

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DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12305


A series of seminal theoretical papers argues that poaching of employees may hamper company-sponsored general training like apprenticeship training in Germany. Empirically however, the existence, extent and consequences of poaching still remain an open question. We provide a novel empirical strategy to identify poaching and investigate its causes and consequences. We find that only a few apprenticeship training firms in Germany are poaching victims or raiders. Poaching victim firms are more likely to be in a temporary downturn and raiding firms are more likely to increase their workforce. Poaching victims hardly change their training strategy after poaching. Thus, poaching is a transitory event and not a general threat to apprenticeship training. This is an important result for countries that intend to introduce apprenticeship type of training and need to convince firms to participate in their endeavour.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Mohrenweiser, J., Zwick, T. and Backes-Gellner, U., 2018. Poaching and Firm-Sponsored Training. British Journal of Industrial Relations[add vol details], which has been published in final form at 10.1111/bjir.12305. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords:poaching; company sponsored training; recruiting; apprenticeship
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:30300
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:01 Feb 2018 09:47
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:09


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