The Effect of Executive Migration and Spin-offs on Incumbent Firms

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If spin-offs are founded on intellectual capital accumulated at the parent firms,
they could be potentially harmful to those firms. However, similar effects on parent
firms’ performance could be expected for executive migration to rivals. Exploiting a comprehensive Danish linked employer-employee database, we investigate how spin-off and executive migration to rivals affect parent firms’ hazard of exit, sales growth and employment growth. We find negative performance effects from executive migration independent on where employees go to. While departures of top employees to found spin-offs have negative effects on parent firm performance, the effect is not significantly different from top employees who resign to competing incumbent firms. All effects decrease over time, but parent firms recover faster from spin-off migration. We study this using different methods, including matched models adjusting for parent firm heterogeneity.
Antal sider36
StatusUdgivet - 2011
BegivenhedAcademý of Management 71st annual meeting - San Anotonio, Texas, USA
Varighed: 12 aug. 201116 aug. 2011


KonferenceAcademý of Management 71st annual meeting
BySan Anotonio, Texas