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Values and ethics in e-recruitment: A study of how employers can capture values and ethics of job applicants
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Due to the rapid advancement of internet, many organizations have adapted to e-recruitment,

also called web based recruitment, in order to save money and time. The process when

recruit via internet allows the employer to be specific of what qualifications that a new

employee shall have. Hence, the e-recruitment system searches for suitable candidates from

the database, where job applicants have filled in their profiles.

In spite of the advantages of e-recruitment and the easy way for employers to find applicants

with right experience and education, little research has focused on personal attributes like

values and ethics among job applicants. Researchers agree though that values and ethics of

employees that appeal the employer, can favor the organization and its performance.

The purpose of this study is to create an extended framework of e-recruitment that takes

ethics and values in consideration during the recruitment process, so they match the

organization. This study is of qualitative character and is based on four case studies where

one employer with recruitment responsibility from each organization participates. Through

interviews, they give their point of view regarding e-recruitment and the process, including

what they seek for when recruiting new employees.

Our findings show that the whole e-recruitment process is characterized by values and

ethics, even if it is not explicitly mentioned. Also, the more customer focused organizations

are, the keener of capture the ethics and values of job applicants in an earlier stage in the

recruitment stages are they, which they do by meeting a larger group of candidates. The

international organizations sort out candidates in a more rough way before meeting fewer

amounts of candidates.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-29665OAI: diva2:862393
Available from: 2015-10-22 Created: 2015-10-21 Last updated: 2015-10-22Bibliographically approved

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