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Hire Someone Like Me, or Someone I Need? Entrepreneur Identity and Early Stage Hiring in Small Firms
Academy of Management Annual Conference (AOM)
  • Robert C. Hoell, Georgia Southern University
  • Steven A. Stewart, Georgia Southern University
Document Type
Presentation
Publication Date
8-10-2015
Abstract

Recent studies of entrepreneurial hiring have focused on teams of individuals brought together to form new firms. The literature is scarce on the hiring decision made by sole proprietors to obtain early-stage employees in existing growing firms, yet these firms are great in number and significantly impact the U.S. economy. Such hiring decisions will be critical to the growth, and even survival, of such small firms. In this paper, we develop a model which suggests that an entrepreneur’s more central social or role identity influences how they choose to hire early-stage employees. Additionally, we suggest that the job complexity of new employment positions, and the munificence of the human resources in an environment further moderate the relationship between identity and the hiring decision.

Location
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Citation Information
Robert C. Hoell and Steven A. Stewart. "Hire Someone Like Me, or Someone I Need? Entrepreneur Identity and Early Stage Hiring in Small Firms" Academy of Management Annual Conference (AOM) (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_c_hoell/48/