DOI: 10.2478/izajole-2023-0008 ISSN: 2193-8997

How general is managerial human capital?: Evidence from the Retention of Managers after M&As

Kenjiro Hirata, Ayako Suzuki, Katsuya Takii
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Industrial relations


This paper investigates the transferability of managerial human capital by examining how managers’ tenures in target firms influence their probability of retention as board members after mergers or acquisitions in Japanese firms. It develops a general equilibrium model that distinguishes several hypotheses on managerial human capital based on the coefficients of tenure on separation, given several data limitations. In particular, the paper provides a novel method to correct for selection biases by utilizing the timing of selection in a selected sample, which does not require a random sample from the population. Our results suggest that Japanese firms value both target firm-specific and general human capital after M&As and that experience as an employee increases firm-specific skills, but at the expense of the accumulation of general skills. However, managerial experience does not have this effect.

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