Since knowledge is often embedded in employees, R&D worker mo-bility is a primary concern in the context of acquisitions in knowledge-intensive industries. While the reasons for post-acquisition mobility of R&D workers are widely studied, the premise of extant work is that em-ployees have homogenous outside opportunities and that the mobility is determined by the characteristics of the acquirer or the acquirer-target dyad. In this paper we investigate how the characteristics of R&D workers and their embeddedness in teams in the acquisition target affect post-acquisition mobility. We find great heterogeneity in the firm-specificity of R&D workers’ human capital which affects their postacquisition mobili-ty. We find also that R&D workers’ post-acquisition mobility is prede-termined largely by the organizational design of the target prior to acqui-sition, specifically R&D team diversity.
|Number of pages||43|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
|Event||DRUID21 Conference - Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark|
Duration: 18 Oct 2021 → 20 Oct 2021
Conference number: 42
|Location||Copenhagen Business School|
|Period||18/10/2021 → 20/10/2021|