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This entry provides an overview of key mainstream and critical approaches to understanding recruitment, as a topic, activity and discourse in contemporary labor markets and work organizations. It begins with an introduction to recruitment as a fundamental but understudied topic, situating it in the entwined fields of Organizational Psychology (OP) and Management and Organization Studies (MOS). This is followed by a brief history which situates its development in the industrial business workplace. Subsequently, mainstream perspectives are reviewed, consisting of psychological-managerial conceptualizations of psychometrics and ideas of matching individuals to the job and organization. A subsequent section reviews approaches offering potential critiques of the conventional view: Social process-, Marxian-, Critical Discourse-, and emergent perspectives. A final section introduces the possibility of a ‘critical history of thought’ to theorize recruitment more adequately in terms of its four-century long history, constitution of the recruited subject, modern discontinuity, and relationship to OP.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Organizational Psychology
EditorsMatthijs Bal
PublisherEdward Elgar
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Recruitment
  • Selection
  • Psychometrics
  • HRM
  • Managerialism

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Responsible organising
  • AoHP: Strategic and entrepreneurial praxis


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