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ERIC Number: EJ889043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1741-1432
Similarity Attracts: An Analysis of Recruitment Decisions in Academia
Roebken, Heinke
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v38 n4 p472-486 Jul 2010
The finding and the recruiting of scientists have been a long-standing issue in higher education. Due to the dearth of reliable evidence on scholarly potential at an early stage of a scientist's career, the hiring department often has to look for alternative assessment criteria. Drawing on the similarity-attraction theory, it is hypothesized that decision makers in academia tend to prefer candidates whose demographic backgrounds are similar to their own. By examining personnel exchange between German departments of business administration, recruitment patterns are visualized and examined on the basis of the similarity-attraction paradigm. Poisson regression analysis indicates that similarity and geographical proximity help to explain recruitment processes among German departments of business administration. (Contains 4 tables, 2 figures, and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany