"Recruiting" from the Organizational Perspective: A Complementary View on Social Networks in Labor Markets

2010 | journal article. A publication with affiliation to the University of Göttingen.

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​Liebe, U. & Wegerich, K. (2010). ​"Recruiting" from the Organizational Perspective: A Complementary View on Social Networks in Labor Markets. SOZIALE WELT-ZEITSCHRIFT FUR SOZIALWISSENSCHAFTLICHE FORSCHUNG UND PRAXIS61(2), ​161​-+​. ​

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Authors
Liebe, Ulf; Wegerich, Karsten
Abstract
A vast body of literature shows that social networks/contacts can overcome information problems in labor markets and help jobseekers. However, only a few studies investigate the role of social networks (employee referrals) from the complementary perspective of organizations. In a first step, we give an overview of the current status of research and focus on studies that take into account recruitment activities of a single organization Such studies (based on a whole applicant pool) have the advantage that Information about organizational characteristics as well as about all successful and non-successful applicants are available on each stage in the recruitment process In a second step, we present an empirical study referring to the applicant pool (between February and April 2007, N=477) of a German company in the textile sector (with online distribution of products) Multivariate analyses show that, controlling for human capital, employee referrals pay off at the single stages in the recruitment process ('better match' with regard to the 'transmission of the application to a specialty department', the 'job-interview stage', and the 'job-offer stage'). Our study also points to specific potentials of single-organization studies such as determining the location of (unintended) discrimination
Issue Date
2010
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published
Publisher
Verlag Otto Schwartz & Co
Journal
SOZIALE WELT-ZEITSCHRIFT FUR SOZIALWISSENSCHAFTLICHE FORSCHUNG UND PRAXIS 
ISSN
0038-6073

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