Conference Presentation | 1 Aug 2010

Firm Performance, Top Management and Minority Hiring: African‐American Coaches in the NFL, 1970‐2007

by Andrew Hill and David Thomas

Abstract

Studies of minority hiring have found that low-status firms are more likely to hire minority candidates. However, most work has examined hiring for entry and mid-level positions, not senior management, which differs in the level of 1) uncertainty regarding the optimal qualifications; 2) external evaluation; 3) accountability for overall performance. Given these differences, we hypothesize that legitimacy and risk concerns moderate the relationship between firm status and minority hiring. Using data from the NFL (1970-2007), we find that good teams more often hire minority head coaches, and bad teams more often hire minority assistant coaches.

Keywords: Performance Evaluation; Management Teams; Recruitment; Relationships; Risk and Uncertainty; Ethnicity Characteristics; Sports Industry; Africa; United States;

Citation:

Hill, Andrew, and David Thomas. "Firm Performance, Top Management and Minority Hiring: African‐American Coaches in the NFL, 1970‐2007." Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, QC, August 01, 2010.