Company values guiding the recruitment of employees with a foreign background

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Lämsä , A-M , Mattila , M , Lähdesmäki , M & Suutari , T 2019 , ' Company values guiding the recruitment of employees with a foreign background ' , Baltic Journal of Management , vol. 14 , no. 4 , pp. 658-675 .

Title: Company values guiding the recruitment of employees with a foreign background
Author: Lämsä, Anna-Maija; Mattila, Markku; Lähdesmäki, Merja; Suutari, Timo
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
University of Helsinki, Ruralia Institute, Seinäjoki
Date: 2019-11-11
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Baltic Journal of Management
ISSN: 1746-5265
Abstract: Purpose In this paper, the following research question is addressed: Why do business organisations recruit employees with a foreign background? This was examined in terms of the values that guide organisations and their management. The paper aims to discuss this issue. Design/methodology/approach The study focused on two businesses in Finland that are pioneers in the recruitment of immigrants. A case study approach was adopted. The research data consist of interviews and documentary data. The data were analysed using content analysis in accordance with grounded theory. Findings Companies can act as an enabling force in the integration of immigrants into the local labour market, especially when the company's value basis extends beyond only economic values. Research limitations/implications - The study was conducted only in two case companies in Finland. Practical implications - Companies have the potential to affect local people's attitudes towards immigrants as workers. This is important because many western societies are likely to face a labour shortage in the future due to the ageing population and low birth rate. Originality/value Prior research has mostly investigated the topic from the viewpoints of the immigrants themselves and of policy makers. The value of this study is that it makes the employers' viewpoint visible. The dominant theories applied in the field of immigrant recruitment are inadequate to explain employers' behaviour because of their underlying assumption of the overwhelming importance of economic values in decision making.
Subject: 512 Business and Management
Case study
Diversity management
Employee with a foreign background

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