The Challenges of Employee Resourcing: The Perceptions of Managers in Nigeria

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Authors: Adisa, T., Osabutey, E., Gbadamosi, G. and Mordi, C.

Journal: Career Development International

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

ISSN: 0955-6214

DOI: 10.1108/CDI-01-2017-0003

Purpose – The existing literature on the recruitment and selection process in Sub-Saharan African (SSA) context has not sufficiently revealed inherent challenges. This article examines managers’ perceptions of employee resourcing in Nigeria.

Methodology – This article uses qualitative data which was generated from the semi-structured interviews of 61 managers across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.

Findings – The article finds that in addition to the Federal Character Principle and the Quota System Policy, favouritism, ethnicity, age and gender discrimination, as well as corruption significantly inhibit the recruitment and selection process in Nigeria. Consequently, the ability to hire the best workers to improve competitiveness is also inadvertently hampered.

Originality/value – The paper shows that the institutional and cultural variations in SSA require a nuanced approach in the recruitment and selection process in order to enhance organisational competitiveness.

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