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Exploring HR practitioners’ perspective on employer branding and its role in organisational attractiveness and talent management

Vishwas Maheshwari (Warrington School of Management, Faculty of Business and Management, University of Chester – Warrington Campus, Warrington, UK)
Priya Gunesh (Department of Management, Faculty of Law and Management, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius)
George Lodorfos (Faculty of Business and Law, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK)
Anastasia Konstantopoulou (Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Article publication date: 6 November 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The latest research in the field of employer branding highlights a mix of marketing principles and recruitment practices, based on the concept that, just as customers have perceptions of an organisation’s brand, then so do other stakeholders including employees. However, the emphasis has been on organisations, which predominantly operate in developed countries typically with Westernised-individualistic cultures. This paper aims to investigate employer branding for service organisations’ image and attraction as an employer in a non-Western culture.

Design/methodology/approach

This study examines the perceptions of human resources’ professionals and practitioners on the role of employer branding in employer attractiveness and talent management, within Mauritian banking sector. The data collection for this qualitative study involved semi-structured interviews with senior managers from Mauritian banking organisations, including multinational enterprises, small business unit banks and Mauritian banks.

Findings

Analysis of the findings showed that organisations, and banks in this case, are increasingly competing to attract highly skilled personnel in various professional areas; therefore, those organisations that attract the best talent will have a distinct edge in the marketplace. Furthermore, findings from the semi-structured interviews with senior managers suggest that employer branding remains at the embryonic stage within the Mauritian banking sector; therefore, a clear need exists for a more developed strategy.

Research limitations/implications

The outcomes of this study call for re-engineering with regards to managerial collaboration in organisations for the successful design and implementation of the employer branding strategy. The empirical findings from the Mauritian banking sector show that the strategic position occupied by the human resource function is still at an embryonic stage as regards with the competitiveness of banks as service organisations.

Practical implications

The study presents a need for the development and maintenance of long-term collaborative and trust-based relationships between the human resource and marketing functions.

Originality/value

The insights provided through this study addresses the dearth of academic research on employer branding on the African continent while providing invaluable information from a human resource professional perspective.

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Citation

Maheshwari, V., Gunesh, P., Lodorfos, G. and Konstantopoulou, A. (2017), "Exploring HR practitioners’ perspective on employer branding and its role in organisational attractiveness and talent management", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 25 No. 5, pp. 742-761. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOA-03-2017-1136

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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