Breaugh & Starke (2000)

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Journal of Management Research on Employee Recruitment: So Many Studies, So Many Remaining
James A. Breaugh and Mary Starke
Journal of Management 2000; 26; 405
DOI: 10.1177/014920630002600303
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More recently, the expanding body of research on recruitment has been seen as sufficient to merit entire books (e.g., Barber, 1998). Given that dozens of studies were published between Rynes’ (Rynes, 1991) and Barber’s (Barber, 1998) reviews of recruitment research, it is not surprising that Barber felt that understanding in certain areas (e.g., recruitment source effects) had increased. However, Barber also pointed out that researchers still had failed to address adequately a number of significant issues (e.g., the site visit). She also noted that methodological weaknesses (e.g., failure to measure key variables) made it difficult to draw clear conclusions from many studies.
In summary, if one peruses reviews of recruitment research (e.g., Barber,
1998; Breaugh, 1992; Rynes, 1991; Wanous, 1992), one finds a mix of optimism and pessimism. Reviewers were pleased that research on recruitment had increased, and they were confident that progress in understanding the effects of recruitment activities was being made. Yet, they also seemed frustrated that more progress in understanding the recruitment process had not occurred.
Given Barber’s excellent review of recruitment research (Barber, 1998), it seemed unnecessary for us to provide a systematic review of the same research in this article. However, we also are aware that many readers
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