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Employer branding: strategy for improving employer attractiveness

Neeti Leekha Chhabra (Apeejay School of Management, New Delhi, India)
Sanjeev Sharma (Visiting Professor – Strategy, Apeejay School of Management, New Delhi, India)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Article publication date: 4 March 2014




To examine the organizational attributes that attract final-year management students towards organizations. The paper aims to study the already adopted employer branding strategies and the preferred channel through which organizations should promote employer attractiveness. Based on previous studies and current findings, a conceptual model on employer branding process has been developed and presented.


This article is based on semi-structured interviews, survey results and review of academic employer branding models.


It was found that among the students, most preferred organizational attributes were organizational culture, brand name and compensation. Students rated job portal to be the preferred channel for employer attractiveness. The study showed that there exists a significant and positive correlation between strong brand image and likelihood to apply.

Research limitations/implications

The survey sample was limited to private business schools only.

Practical implications

One of the sources for hiring on which corporate rely heavily is private business schools. This study provides the employers an insight to make their strategies for employer branding more effective. In the process, it benefits the prospective employees as well.


The study provides valuable inputs for formulating effective employer branding strategies. The novelty of the study is the conceptual model on the process of employer branding. One of the highlights of which is preferred communication channel for effectiveness of the strategies.



This paper was presented at the International Conference on Strategy and Organization at IMT Ghaziabad on 14-15 May 2010.


Leekha Chhabra, N. and Sharma, S. (2014), "Employer branding: strategy for improving employer attractiveness", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 22 No. 1, pp. 48-60.



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