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Publication date: 12 July 2011

Timothy M. Gardner, Niclas L. Erhardt and Carlos Martin-Rios

Two primary approaches have been used to study employment brands and branding. First, there is a long history of the study of organizational attraction. Second, in the…

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Two primary approaches have been used to study employment brands and branding. First, there is a long history of the study of organizational attraction. Second, in the past 10–15 years, there has been growth in a hybrid stream of research combining branding concepts from the consumer psychology literature with I/O psychology frameworks of organizational attraction and applicant job search behavior. In this chapter, we take an entirely different approach and suggest that the theoretical models built around product/service brand knowledge can readily accommodate employment brands and branding without hybridizing the framework with I/O psychology. This merging of employment brand with product and service brands is accomplished simply by recognizing employment as an economic exchange between workers and employers and recognizing workers as cognitive and emotional beings that vary in their talents and have their own vectors of preferences for the employment offering. After developing a testable model of the components, antecedents, and consequences of employment brand knowledge, we review the existing employment brand and organizational attraction literature and identify multiple opportunities for additional research.

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Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management
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ISBN: 978-0-85724-554-0

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Publication date: 15 July 2019

Brian R. Dineen, Greet Van Hoye, Filip Lievens and Lindsay Mechem Rosokha

Massive shifts in the recruitment landscape, the continually changing nature of work and workers, and extraordinary technological progress have combined to enable…

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Massive shifts in the recruitment landscape, the continually changing nature of work and workers, and extraordinary technological progress have combined to enable unparalleled advances in how current and prospective employees receive and process information about organizations. Once the domain of internal organizational public relations and human resources (HR) teams, most employment branding has moved beyond organizations’ control. This chapter provides a conceptual framework pertaining to third party employment branding, defined as communications, claims, or status-based classifications generated by parties outside of direct company control that shape, enhance, and differentiate organizations’ images as favorable or unfavorable employers. Specifically, the authors first theorize about the underlying mechanisms by which third party employment branding might signal prospective and current employees. Second, the authors develop a framework whereby we comprehensively review third party employment branding sources, thus identifying the different ways that third party employment branding might manifest. Third, using prototypical examples, the authors link the various signaling mechanisms to the various third party employment branding sources identified. Finally, the authors propose an ambitious future research agenda that considers not only the positive aspects of third party employment branding but also potential “dark sides.” Thus, the authors view this chapter as contributing to the broader employment branding literature, which should enhance scholarly endeavors to study it and practitioner efforts to leverage it.

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Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management
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ISBN: 978-1-78973-852-0

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Publication date: 1 January 2010

Martin R. Edwards

The purpose of this paper is to review the existing literature linked to the emerging field of employer branding, with a view to adding insight from the perspective of the…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review the existing literature linked to the emerging field of employer branding, with a view to adding insight from the perspective of the management of human resources.

Design/methodology/approach

The approach taken entails reviewing books and academic journals from the area of marketing, organisational behaviour (OB) and business management. The review shows that research and theory from a range of fields can help add to one's knowledge of employer branding; these include areas of research that investigate organisational attractiveness to potential new recruits, research and writing linked to the psychological contract literature as well as work that examines organisational identity, organisational identification and organisational personality characteristics.

Research limitations/implications

The main limitation of the review is that, while different areas and fields of research are being drawn on to help identify useful knowledge that can improve one's understanding of what effective employer branding might involve, the literature and research in each area will be (necessarily) selective.

Practical implications

The review has a number of general practical implications; many of these are highlighted in the propositions set out within each section.

Originality/value

The originality of the review is that it is unique in showing how different areas of literature can be linked to employer branding. The review helps to integrate the existing literature in a way which can help personnel practitioners to immediately see the relevance of theories and research from a range of key academic fields.

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Personnel Review, vol. 39 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0048-3486

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Publication date: 10 July 2017

Sultan Alshathry, Marilyn Clarke and Steve Goodman

The purpose of this paper is to present a conceptual framework for employer brand equity (EBE) that combines both perspectives of employer brand customers into a unified…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present a conceptual framework for employer brand equity (EBE) that combines both perspectives of employer brand customers into a unified framework for employee attraction and retention.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper extends previous conceptual work on EBE by identifying the role of EBE antecedents in internal and external employer branding. In addition, it recognizes the interactive nature of employer-employee relationship.

Findings

The framework incorporates employee experience with the employer, which relates to the interaction between employee and employer and recognizes the internal and external perspectives simultaneously. Further, the unified framework helps to develop a four-cell typology for the strategic management of an employer brand.

Originality/value

Existing research has failed to integrate the two perspectives of employment customers in a clear model and, thus, offered limited applicability to an employment setting. The EBE framework goes beyond existing models by providing a conceptualization that aims to reflect the employer-brand relationship from the perspective of existing and potential employees. Further, it provides theoretical and empirical rationale for a set of propositions that can empirically be examined in future research.

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International Journal of Organizational Analysis, vol. 25 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1934-8835

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Publication date: 1 September 2006

Regina DeTore and David Jackson

Sepracor, a pharmaceuticals provider, introduced a strategic plan to help develop an employment brand and support its growth. Regina DeTore, Sepracor’s VP of HR, and David…

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Sepracor, a pharmaceuticals provider, introduced a strategic plan to help develop an employment brand and support its growth. Regina DeTore, Sepracor’s VP of HR, and David Jackson, Mercer communication consultant, explain the step‐by‐step process the company used to build and manage a measurably effective and enduring employment brand.

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Strategic HR Review, vol. 5 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1475-4398

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Publication date: 1 August 2004

Kristin Backhaus and Surinder Tikoo

Employer branding represents a firm's efforts to promote, both within and outside the firm, a clear view of what makes it different and desirable as an employer. In recent…

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Employer branding represents a firm's efforts to promote, both within and outside the firm, a clear view of what makes it different and desirable as an employer. In recent years employer branding has gained popularity among practicing managers. Given this managerial interest, this article presents a framework to initiate the scholarly study of employer branding. Combining a resource‐based view with brand equity theory, a framework is used to develop testable propositions. The article discusses the relationship between employer branding and organizational career management. Finally, it outlines research issues that need to be addressed to develop employer branding as a useful organizing framework for strategic human resource management.

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Career Development International, vol. 9 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1362-0436

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Publication date: 4 May 2020

Urmila Itam, Siddharth Misra and Heena Anjum

The concept of employer branding has drawn the attention of both academicians and practitioners over a decade. However, inaction, the objective of the employer brand

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Purpose

The concept of employer branding has drawn the attention of both academicians and practitioners over a decade. However, inaction, the objective of the employer brand managers were hardly tapped. Therefore, this paper aims to explore the views of HR manager on employer branding activities and its implementation.

Design/methodology/approach

This study is a case research of three multinational companies in India. A semi-structured interview method has been adopted to collect the data and a content analysis technique was used for analyzing the data into identified themes.

Findings

The HR managers of the studied company were discussed with multiple activities related to employer branding practice and implementation in their workplace. The key observations and discussions from the interviews were themed after the analysis as meaningfulness and visibility, employer brand awareness and differentiator and human resource development (HRD) parameters.

Research limitations/implications

The combined effect of branding theories and HRD practices will establish the most attractive and successful employer brand building process in place. Involving the potential and existing employees in the psychological contract formation; consistency among the internal and external communication systems; and top management approach with the brand highlighted the need for research and theory development in employment branding.

Practical implications

Communication breakdown, strategic mismatch, long-term disconnects and sustained success are the strategic concerns that every company who believe in the idea of employer branding may face and need to well-handled.

Originality/value

The study concluded with the belief of the human resources managers from all the three organizations as stated – adopting a community based strategic approach to the organization’s brand and clear about what the employer brand stand across the employment lifecycle drives businesses into success.

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European Journal of Training and Development, vol. 44 no. 6/7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2046-9012

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Building Business Value through Talent
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ISBN: 978-1-80043-116-4

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Publication date: 31 July 2009

John Aydon Simmons

The purpose of this paper is to offer a rationale and a method for aligning external and internal brands within an integrated marketing strategy that recognises…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to offer a rationale and a method for aligning external and internal brands within an integrated marketing strategy that recognises stakeholder expectations of a more socially responsible approach. It demonstrates the benefits of viewing external and internal brands synergistically in relation to the value propositions offered to stakeholder groups and the beneficial outcomes that can result from this.

Design/methodology/approach

Stakeholder constituencies that can facilitate or constrain marketing effectiveness are identified. The analysis underpins a model that shows links and feedback mechanisms between corporate, external and internal brands; stakeholder evaluation of these; and the implications for stakeholder contribution, loyalty and advocacy.

Findings

The paper demonstrates the significance and application potential of a conceptual framework that analyses the relationship between the brand benefits and values that an organisation espouses, how these are experienced by customers and employees, and the implications for marketing and human resource management. Its conclusions have particular significance for services brands where successful customer‐organisation relations are dependant on staff commitment that is itself predicated on organisation concern for employee well being.

Research limitations/implications

The model provides a framework for further empirical testing of the relationships shown that includes their operation in particular organisation, industry and sector contexts.

Practical implications

The paper presents a business based rationale for the marketing function to recognise greater stakeholder concern – especially that of customers and employees – for ethical marketing and sustainability; and the financial, social and ethical capital benefits that can accrue from responding to this.

Originality/value

The perspective on branding in the paper recognises the stakeholder management implications of the new marketing paradigm by proposing a holistic approach whereby external and internal brands are viewed synergistically within an integrated marketing strategy. The paper responds to calls for a new philosophy of marketing in which integrated brand architecture demonstrates organisation recognition of a more stakeholder accountable and socially responsible era.

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Marketing Intelligence & Planning, vol. 27 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-4503

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Publication date: 6 November 2018

Kristin Backhaus

The paper aims at a commentary on Graham and Cascio, “The employer-branding journal: its relationship with cross-cultural branding, brand reputation and brand repair”.

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Purpose

The paper aims at a commentary on Graham and Cascio, “The employer-branding journal: its relationship with cross-cultural branding, brand reputation and brand repair”.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on the authors’ statement that “people make the brand”, this paper discusses elements of brand making and brand breaking.

Findings

Specifically, the paper discusses the creation of the employer brand, the positives and negatives of employees as brand ambassadors and the manner in which word-of-mouth information influences brands.

Originality/value

This commentary reflects on Graham and Cascio’s work and concludes with suggestions for future research.

Objetivo

El objetivo de este artículo es comentar el artículo de Graham y Cascio que lleva por título “The Employer-Branding Journal: Its relationship with cross-cultural branding, brand reputation, and brand repair.” En concreto el artículo analiza su afirmación de que “la gente hace la marca” y discute elementos relativos a la creación y rotura de la marca.

Diseño/metodología/aproximación

Este es un comentario individual que explora varios aspectos de la marca del empleador.

Resultados

Este artículo explora los aspectos positivos y negativos de los empleados como embajadores de la marca, y la forma en la que la información transmitida de boca en boca influye en las marcas.

Originalidad/valor

Contribuye mediante la descripción de los aspectos positivos y negativos de los empleados como embajadores de la marca, y sugiere oportunidades adicionales para la investigación sobre la marca del empleador.

Palabras clave

Marca del empleador, Reputación corporativa, Identidad organizativa, Cultura organizativa, Marketing boca a boca

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Comentario

Objetivo

O objetivo deste artigo é comentar o artigo de Graham e Cascio que é titulado “The Employer-Branding Journal: Its relationship with cross-cultural branding, brand reputation, and brand repair.” Em concreto o artigo analisa sua afirmação de que “as pessoas fazem a marca” e discute elementos relativos a criação e quebra da marca.

Desenho/metodologia/aproximação

Este é um comentário individual que explora vários aspectos da marca do empregador.

Resultados

Este artigo explora os aspectos positivos e negativos dos empregados como embaixadores da marca, e a forma em que a informação transmitida de boca em boca influi nas marcas.

Originalidade/valor

Contribui mediante a descrição dos aspectos positivos e negativos dos empregados como embaixadores da marca, e sugere oportunidades adicionais para a investigação sobre a marca do empregador.

Palavras-chave

Marca do empregador, Reputação corporativa, Identidade organizacional, Cultura organizacional, Marketing boca-a-boca

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