Ratio Working Paper No. 242: Uncovering Recruitment as a Strategic Lever for Various Forms of Organizational Capital

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Företagandets villkor, Företagstillväxt, Rekrytering, Robert Demir, Strategi
Ratio Working Paper No. 242
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Whereas the structuring and growth of the firm have long been central to conceptual development in strategy research, the literature has largely ignored how a fundamental practice such as recruitment can be of strategic importance for the sustenance of the firm’s growth. The present study introduces recruitment as a strategic practice and elaborates on how this practice is crucial in creating and editing social and economic capital of the firm and how this interplays with its growth. It suggests three entrenchments – vertical, horizontal, and lateral – for striking a balance between the firm’s explorative (diversification) and exploitative (specialization) activities for creating and modifying its competence base through strategic recruitment.

Demir, R., Löwstedt, J. & Tienari, J. (2014). Uncovering Recruitment as a Strategic Lever for Various Forms of Organizational Capital. Ratio Working Paper No. 242.

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