Publication Date

March 1990


Over the past decade we have learned a lot about how individuals choose organizations in which to work. However, this literature has generally failed to consider the role of an important class of attributes; the human resource systems that operate within organizations. Reward systems and mobility systems have unique motivating characteristics, are relatively visible, and vary widely between organizations. This paper attempts to make explicit when and how these variables might influence organizational attractiveness and applicants' decision making processes.


Suggested Citation
Bretz, R. D., Jr., Dreher, G. F., & Ash, R. A. (1990). Organizational search and choice revisited: The role of human resource systems in the applicant's decision making process (CAHRS Working Paper #90-07). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies.