Employee productivity, employment growth and the cross-border acquisitions by emerging market firms

Ataullah, Ali and Le, Hang and Sahota, Amandeep S. (2014) Employee productivity, employment growth and the cross-border acquisitions by emerging market firms. Human Resource Management, 53 (6). pp. 987-1004. ISSN 0090-4848

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Abstract

We examine the impact of the cross-border acquisitions made by firms from emerging markets on employee productivity and employment growth. The recent literature suggests that cross-border acquisitions enable emerging market firms to obtain new skills and knowledge-intensive assets, which, in turn, may lead to an increase in productivity. However, our empirical analysis suggests that cross-border acquisitions reduce employee productivity and have a limited impact on employment growth. Moreover, the adverse effect on productivity is associated with the cross-border acquisitions in less-developed countries and countries with considerably different national cultures. Overall, our findings cast doubt on the idea that cross-border acquisitions enable emerging market firms to improve the productivity of one of their most important resources, namely, their human capital.

ORCID iDs

Ataullah, Ali, Le, Hang and Sahota, Amandeep S. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2270-0046;