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Impact of word-of-mouth, job attributes and relationship strength on employer attractiveness

Faiz Ahamad (School of Management and Labour Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India)

Management Research Review

ISSN: 2040-8269

Article publication date: 11 February 2019

Issue publication date: 13 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Job information through word-of-mouth (WOM) has a crucial impact on employer attractiveness. The phenomenal rise of social media offers alternate WOM platforms for sharing job information, which is quite different from traditional face-to-face WOM. The purpose of this paper is to examine the differential impact of traditional word-of-mouth (t-WOM) and social media word-of-mouth (s-WOM) on employer attractiveness along with the difference in the job attributes and relationship strength with the information source.

Design/methodology/approach

A 2 × 2 × 2 experiment was conducted to examine the impact of information source (t-WOM and s-WOM), job attributes (tangible and intangible) and relationship strength (strong and weak), on employer attractiveness. Source expertise and source trust were treated as the control variable.

Findings

The result shows the differential impact of t-WOM and s-WOM on employer attractiveness. Moreover, t-WOM from strong relation source found to have a high impact on employer attractiveness than s-WOM. No significant difference due to job attributes was found.

Research limitations/implications

Use of only positive WOM and not the negative one, student as the subjects, etc.

Practical implications

The present study suggests using t-WOM and s-WOM to attract talented job seekers.

Originality/value

This is the first study to analyze the differential impact of t-WOM and s-WOM on employer attractiveness.

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Citation

Ahamad, F. (2019), "Impact of word-of-mouth, job attributes and relationship strength on employer attractiveness", Management Research Review, Vol. 42 No. 6, pp. 721-739. https://doi.org/10.1108/MRR-11-2017-0382

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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