Poaching and Firm-Sponsored Training

Authors: Mohrenweiser, J., Zwick and Backes-Gellner

Journal: British Journal of Industrial Relations

Volume: 57

Issue: 1

Pages: 143-181

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Inc.

ISSN: 0007-1080

DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12305

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Poaching and Firm-Sponsored Training

Authors: Mohrenweiser, J., Zwick, T. and Backes-Gellner, U.

Journal: British Journal of Industrial Relations

Volume: 57

Issue: 1

Pages: 143-181

ISSN: 0007-1080

Abstract:

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.

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