Worker poaching in a supply chain: Enemy from within?

Evan Barlow*, Gad Allon, Achal Bassamboo

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Worker poaching represents the primary mode by which workers change employers. We examine worker poaching between firms linked in a value chain. We find that, in a value chain, the less productive firm may offer its workers higher wages and poach workers from the more productive firm. We also find that worker flows accomplished via poaching impact supply chain management: (a) the identity of the bottleneck firm may depend on whether poaching is available; (b) poaching between linked firms may benefit both, and (c) the value chain cannot be fully coordinated without controlling wages in the labor market.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)695-709
Number of pages15
JournalManagerial and Decision Economics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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