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The Effect of E-recruitment On the Recruitment Process: Evidence from Case Studies of Three Danish MNCs
Anna B. Holm, Aarhus University, Denmark annah@asb.dk Abstract. The aim of this research is to determine whether the introduction of e-recruitment has an impact on the process and underlying tasks, subtasks and activities of recruitment. Three large organizations with wellestablished e-recruitment practices were included in the study. The case studies were conducted in Denmark in 2008-2009 using qualitative research methods. The findings indicate that e-recruitment had a noticeable effect on the overall recruitment process in the studied organizations. The investigation revealed changes in the sequence, divisibility and
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Nevertheless, an online hiring process is regarded as being more cost efficient, and the fastest route to finding the right candidates, than traditional paperbased recruitment [27].
Despite the widespread use of e-recruiting methods, a gap seems to have developed between research into and the practice of e-recruitment [1; 39]. Of the increasing
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Management, Bamberg, Germany, May 20-21, 2010, CEUR-WS.org, ISSN 1613-0073, Vol. 570, online:
CEUR-WS.org/Vol-570/ , pp. 91-111.
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number of research contributions, many focus on the design of corporate recruitment websites [29], applicants‟ perceptions of career websites [5; 9; 16; 39], and erecruitment system design [14; 26]. Although recruitment by and for organizations is intended to improve organizational performance [2:124], academic research on the subject from an organizational perspective is still relatively sparse [33; 34], possibly because scholars are struggling to keep pace with the sheer rapidity of change [1]. The

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