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The challenges of employee resourcing: the perceptions of managers in Nigeria

Toyin Ajibade Adisa (College of Business, Arts, and Social Sciences, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK)
Ellis L.C. Osabutey (Department of International Management and Innovation, Middlesex University, London, UK)
Gbolahan Gbadamosi (Department of Leadership, Strategy and Organisation, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK)
Chima Mordi (College of Business, Arts, and Social Sciences, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 9 October 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The existing literature on the recruitment and selection process in Sub-Saharan African (SSA) context has not sufficiently revealed inherent challenges. The purpose of this paper is to examine managers’ perceptions of employee resourcing in Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper uses qualitative data which were generated from the semi-structured interviews of 61 managers across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.

Findings

The paper finds that in addition to the Federal Character Principle and the Quota System Policy, favouritism, ethnicity, age and gender discrimination, as well as corruption significantly inhibit the recruitment and selection process in Nigeria. Consequently, the ability to hire the best workers to improve competitiveness is also inadvertently hampered.

Practical implications

The paper shows that the institutional and cultural variations in SSA require a nuanced approach in the recruitment and selection process in order to enhance organisational competitiveness.

Originality/value

The institutional and cultural variations in SSA require a nuanced approach in the recruitment and selection process in order to enhanced organisational competitiveness.

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Citation

Adisa, T.A., Osabutey, E.L.C., Gbadamosi, G. and Mordi, C. (2017), "The challenges of employee resourcing: the perceptions of managers in Nigeria", Career Development International, Vol. 22 No. 6, pp. 703-723. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-01-2017-0003

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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