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


  • Amankwah-Amoah, Joseph
  • Ifere, Simeon
  • Nyuur, Richard


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.

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  • Amankwah-Amoah, Joseph & Ifere, Simeon & Nyuur, Richard, 2016. "Human capital and strategic persistence: An examination of underperforming workers in two emerging economies," MPRA Paper 71629, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:71629

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    1. Amankwah-Amoah, Joseph, 2017. "Integrated vs. add-on: A multidimensional conceptualisation of technology obsolescence," MPRA Paper 86353, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Amankwah-Amoah, Joseph & Debrah, Yaw A. & Honyenuga, Ben Q. & Adzoyi, Paulina N., 2017. "Business and government interdependence in emerging economies: Insights from hotels in Ghana," MPRA Paper 81320, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Amankwah-Amoah, Joseph, 2017. "Cultivating greater self-confidence in African management research," MPRA Paper 79751, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2017.

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    Africa; underperforming employees; human capital; underperforming workers; talent;

    JEL classification:

    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
    • L3 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise
    • L38 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Public Policy
    • M0 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - General

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