Publication Date

May 1992


Given that organizations make choices about how to manage their human resources, underlying information about the organization is often expressed or implied in the human resource systems that organizations implement. This study proposes that information conveyed through human resource systems affects applicant job choices, that particular systems will be more important to some people than others, and that job acceptance will be influenced by the degree to which individual characteristics match the content of the system information presented. A policy-capturing design was used to assess the effects of human resource systems within the context of other variables that past research has shown to significantly influence job choices. Results suggested support for the importance of human resource systems in job choice decisions, and further suggested that the fit between individual characteristics and organizational settings described by the systems in place may be particularly important determinants of job acceptance.


Suggested Citation
Bretz, R. D., Jr., & Judge, T. A. (1992). The role of human resource systems in job choice decisions (CAHRS Working Paper #92-30). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies.