The 'rain dance' of selection in construction: rationality as ritual and the logic of informality

C.J. Lockyer, D.M. Scholarios

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Abstract

Recruitment and selection in the construction industry is ad hoc - the search for workers to match immediate employment needs is unsystematic, usually conducted in a short-termist manner, and often contributes to, rather than overcomes, persistent recruitment difficulties and skill shortages. The purpose of this paper is to explore the recruitment context and selection practice in the Scottish construction sector, and proposes a model of the selection decision process which may provide an explanation for this apparently unsystematic approach.
LanguageEnglish
Pages528-548
Number of pages21
JournalPersonnel Review
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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Construction Industry
Ceremonial Behavior
Rain
Logic
Dance
Rationality
Informality
Construction sector
Workers
Decision process
Construction industry
Ad hoc
Skills shortages
Recruitment and selection

Keywords

  • recruitment
  • construction industry
  • Scottish construction
  • selection process
  • human resources

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