Human capital and strategic persistence: An examination of underperforming workers in two emerging economies

Amankwah-Amoah, Joseph, Ifere, Simeon Emezana and Nyuur, Richard (2016) Human capital and strategic persistence: An examination of underperforming workers in two emerging economies. Journal of Business Research, 69 (10). pp. 4348-4357. ISSN 0148-2963

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Abstract

Despite the considerable research on strategic persistence, there remains a lack of understanding as to why companies persist with underperforming workers. Our study seeks to fill this gap in the literature by integrating the concepts of the paradox of success, external legitimacy, nepotism and the escalation of commitment perspectives to develop an integrated explanation for persistence with underperforming workers. Drawing on insights from two emerging economies in Africa: Ghana and Nigeria, we uncovered that persistence with underperforming workers stem from information hoarding, favouritism through tribalism and externally imposed constraints. Our study also articulates the underlying processes inherent in such persistence. The wider implications for theory and public policy are examined.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Africa; Underperforming employees; Human capital; Underperforming workers; Talent
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Richard Nyuur
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2016 08:38
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 15:52
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27973

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