Advanced search
2 files | 2.58 MB Add to list

Employer image within and across industries : moving beyond assessing points-of-relevance to identifying points-of-difference

(2022) HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. 61(5). p.525-541
Author
Organization
Abstract
This study draws from brand positioning research to introduce the notions of points-of-relevance and points-of-difference to employer image research. Similar to prior research, this means that we start by investigating the relevant image attributes (points-of-relevance) that potential applicants use for judging organizations' attractiveness as an employer. However, we go beyond past research by examining whether the same points-of-relevance are used within and across industries. Next, we further extend current research by identifying which of the relevant image attributes also serve as points-of-difference for distinguishing between organizations and industries. The sample consisted of 24 organizations from 6 industries (total N = 7171). As a first key result, across industries and organizations, individuals attached similar importance to the same instrumental (job content, working conditions, and compensation) and symbolic (innovativeness, gentleness, and competence) image attributes in judging organizational attractiveness. Second, organizations and industries varied significantly on both instrumental and symbolic image attributes, with job content and innovativeness emerging as the strongest points-of-difference. Third, most image attributes showed greater variation between industries than between organizations, pointing at the importance of studying employer image at the industry level. Implications for recruitment research, employer branding, and best employer competitions are discussed.
Keywords
employer branding, employer image, industry image, organizational attractiveness, points-of-difference, points-of-relevance, recruitment, INSTRUMENTAL-SYMBOLIC FRAMEWORK, APPLICANT ATTRACTION, MEASUREMENT INVARIANCE, JOB, ORGANIZATIONS, RECRUITMENT, PERCEPTIONS, PERSONALITY, CONSTRUCTS, DIMENSIONS

Downloads

  • (...).pdf
    • full text (Published version)
    • |
    • UGent only
    • |
    • PDF
    • |
    • 1.75 MB
  • Accepted manuscript.pdf
    • full text (Accepted manuscript)
    • |
    • open access
    • |
    • PDF
    • |
    • 822.65 KB

Citation

Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:

MLA
Van Hoye, Greet, et al. “Employer Image within and across Industries : Moving beyond Assessing Points-of-Relevance to Identifying Points-of-Difference.” HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, vol. 61, no. 5, 2022, pp. 525–41, doi:10.1002/hrm.22105.
APA
Van Hoye, G., Lievens, F., Weijters, B., & Cromheecke, S. (2022). Employer image within and across industries : moving beyond assessing points-of-relevance to identifying points-of-difference. HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, 61(5), 525–541. https://doi.org/10.1002/hrm.22105
Chicago author-date
Van Hoye, Greet, Filip Lievens, Bert Weijters, and Saartje Cromheecke. 2022. “Employer Image within and across Industries : Moving beyond Assessing Points-of-Relevance to Identifying Points-of-Difference.” HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 61 (5): 525–41. https://doi.org/10.1002/hrm.22105.
Chicago author-date (all authors)
Van Hoye, Greet, Filip Lievens, Bert Weijters, and Saartje Cromheecke. 2022. “Employer Image within and across Industries : Moving beyond Assessing Points-of-Relevance to Identifying Points-of-Difference.” HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 61 (5): 525–541. doi:10.1002/hrm.22105.
Vancouver
1.
Van Hoye G, Lievens F, Weijters B, Cromheecke S. Employer image within and across industries : moving beyond assessing points-of-relevance to identifying points-of-difference. HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. 2022;61(5):525–41.
IEEE
[1]
G. Van Hoye, F. Lievens, B. Weijters, and S. Cromheecke, “Employer image within and across industries : moving beyond assessing points-of-relevance to identifying points-of-difference,” HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, vol. 61, no. 5, pp. 525–541, 2022.
@article{8742646,
  abstract     = {{This study draws from brand positioning research to introduce the notions of points-of-relevance and points-of-difference to employer image research. Similar to prior research, this means that we start by investigating the relevant image attributes (points-of-relevance) that potential applicants use for judging organizations' attractiveness as an employer. However, we go beyond past research by examining whether the same points-of-relevance are used within and across industries. Next, we further extend current research by identifying which of the relevant image attributes also serve as points-of-difference for distinguishing between organizations and industries. The sample consisted of 24 organizations from 6 industries (total N = 7171). As a first key result, across industries and organizations, individuals attached similar importance to the same instrumental (job content, working conditions, and compensation) and symbolic (innovativeness, gentleness, and competence) image attributes in judging organizational attractiveness. Second, organizations and industries varied significantly on both instrumental and symbolic image attributes, with job content and innovativeness emerging as the strongest points-of-difference. Third, most image attributes showed greater variation between industries than between organizations, pointing at the importance of studying employer image at the industry level. Implications for recruitment research, employer branding, and best employer competitions are discussed.}},
  author       = {{Van Hoye, Greet and Lievens, Filip and Weijters, Bert and Cromheecke, Saartje}},
  issn         = {{0090-4848}},
  journal      = {{HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT}},
  keywords     = {{employer branding,employer image,industry image,organizational attractiveness,points-of-difference,points-of-relevance,recruitment,INSTRUMENTAL-SYMBOLIC FRAMEWORK,APPLICANT ATTRACTION,MEASUREMENT INVARIANCE,JOB,ORGANIZATIONS,RECRUITMENT,PERCEPTIONS,PERSONALITY,CONSTRUCTS,DIMENSIONS}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{5}},
  pages        = {{525--541}},
  title        = {{Employer image within and across industries : moving beyond assessing points-of-relevance to identifying points-of-difference}},
  url          = {{http://doi.org/10.1002/hrm.22105}},
  volume       = {{61}},
  year         = {{2022}},
}

Altmetric
View in Altmetric
Web of Science
Times cited: