The dawn of the knowledge era has brought with it increasing competition for highcalibre
knowledge workers, making employee selection one of the most important
decisions a firm can make. Research indicates that firms making use of effective
employee selection methods with increased predictive validity of future job performance
have a higher probability of employing employees that will have higher job performance
and a superior ability to adapt to this changing environment.
Comprehensive research has highlighted that some employee selection methods are
more accurate at predicting future job performance than others. Similar studies
conducted in the field of management sciences have indicated that practitioners are not
heeding what academics are advising, resulting in a research-practice gap.
This quantitative study, by way of online surveys, gained access to line managers and
HCM practitioners in five South African technology firms. This study set out to investigate
the possible existence of a divergence between research and practice in the use of
employee selection methods in these firms.
The results of this study indicate that a divergence does exist between the perceived
validity respondents place on employee selection methods and those that are researchproven.
Respondents might be suffering from the Òbounded rationalityÓ model of decision
making. This study offers evidence-based-management as a possible solution to
address this divergence.
Mini Dissertation (MBA)--University of Pretoria, 2019.