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When Cupid Strikes the Entrepreneur: Effects of Founder’s Workplace Romance on Recruits’ Intentions to Join a New Business Venture

Vishal Gupta
The University of Alabama  |  United States

Safal Batra
Indian Institute of Management at Kashipur  |  India

Charles Pierce
University of Memphis  |  United States

Keywords: workplace romance, business venture, recruitment, founder gender

Abstract: The topic of how a founding entrepreneur’s workplace romance influences the recruitment process is of tremendous academic and practical interest. We theorize and examine prospective employees’ reactions to revelations about a business founder’s romantic relationship with a subordinate. We tested our predictions using data collected from three experimental studies conducted in India. Results reveal that founder gender is a significant predictor of employees’ reactions to hierarchical workplace romance. Further, prospective employees prefer to work for new ventures that do not prohibit workplace romance more than those that prohibit workplace romance. We discuss implications and directions for future research.


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