The Effect of High-skilled Migrant Hires and Integration Capacity on Firm-level Innovation Performance: Is There a Premium?

Keld Laursen, Bart Leten, Ngoc Han Nguyen, Marc Vancauteren

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We adopt an organizational learning approach to examine how firms’ recruitment of high-skilled migrants contributes to subsequent firm-level innovation performance. We argue that due to migrants’ often different experience from that of native high-skilled workers, their perspectives on problemsolving and access to non-overlapping knowledge networks will also differ. The implied complementarity between these worker types makes migrant hires a particularly valuable resource in the context of firm-level innovation. We hypothesize also that since the acculturation costs are relatively low for high-skilled migrants while the innovation-related benefits deriving from diversity are relatively high, innovation performance should increase a fortiori if the high-skilled migrant employees are from a dissimilar culture. Finally, we conjecture that firms with high integration capacity as a function of prior experience of employing high-skilled migrants should derive more innovation-related benefits from migrant hiring than firms with a low integration capacity. We track the inward mobility of high-skilled workers empirically using patents and matched employer-employee data for 16,241 Dutch firms over an 11-year period. We find support for our hypotheses.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2019
Antal sider33
StatusUdgivet - 2019
BegivenhedDRUID19 Conference - Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Danmark
Varighed: 19 jun. 201921 jun. 2019
Konferencens nummer: 41
https://conference.druid.dk/Druid/?confId=59

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KonferenceDRUID19 Conference
Nummer41
LokationCopenhagen Business School
LandDanmark
ByFrederiksberg
Periode19/06/201921/06/2019
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Laursen, K., Leten, B., Nguyen, N. H., & Vancauteren, M. (2019). The Effect of High-skilled Migrant Hires and Integration Capacity on Firm-level Innovation Performance: Is There a Premium?. Afhandling præsenteret på DRUID19 Conference, Frederiksberg, Danmark.
Laursen, Keld ; Leten, Bart ; Nguyen, Ngoc Han ; Vancauteren, Marc. / The Effect of High-skilled Migrant Hires and Integration Capacity on Firm-level Innovation Performance : Is There a Premium?. Afhandling præsenteret på DRUID19 Conference, Frederiksberg, Danmark.33 s.
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Laursen, K, Leten, B, Nguyen, NH & Vancauteren, M 2019, 'The Effect of High-skilled Migrant Hires and Integration Capacity on Firm-level Innovation Performance: Is There a Premium?' Paper fremlagt ved DRUID19 Conference, Frederiksberg, Danmark, 19/06/2019 - 21/06/2019, .

The Effect of High-skilled Migrant Hires and Integration Capacity on Firm-level Innovation Performance : Is There a Premium? / Laursen, Keld; Leten, Bart; Nguyen, Ngoc Han; Vancauteren, Marc.

2019. Afhandling præsenteret på DRUID19 Conference, Frederiksberg, Danmark.

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