Decoding the Signal Effects of Job Candidate Attraction to Corporate Social Practices

32 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2010  

Sarah Sorenson

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James E. Mattingly

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Felissa Lee

Marquette University

Abstract

This article seeks to go beyond the implied assumption from previous research that job candidate attraction to corporate social practices is equivalent across individuals. To this end, we propose a framework for categorizing individuals' attraction to different corporate social performance profiles. Our framework is grounded in relational models theory and Mitroff's model of managers' “ideal organizations.” An inductive approach was used to elaborate upon the model and assess the extent to which candidates preferences vary. Data were collected from prospective job seekers regarding their attraction to social practices that benefit or harm various stakeholders, and these responses were used to develop profiles of job candidates' attraction to distinct profiles of organizations' social practices. The results provide a guide for managers who wish to improve the likelihood that an organization's social practices reflect what is best about its culture.

Suggested Citation

Sorenson, Sarah and Mattingly, James E. and Lee, Felissa, Decoding the Signal Effects of Job Candidate Attraction to Corporate Social Practices. Business and Society Review, Vol. 115, Issue 2, pp. 173-204, Summer 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1621941 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8594.2010.00361.x

SARAH SORENSON (Contact Author)

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JAMES E. MATTINGLY

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Felissa Lee

Marquette University ( email )

P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
United States

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