Title page for ETD etd-04122011-215449

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Yen, Chih-Lun
Author's Email Address cny091@vt.edu
URN etd-04122011-215449
Title The Influence of Context Orientation on Recruitment in the Hospitality Industry
Degree PhD
Department Hospitality and Tourism Management
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Murrmann, Suzanne K. Committee Chair
McCleary, Ken W. Committee Member
Murrmann, Kent F. Committee Member
Perdue, Richard R. Committee Member
  • Context Orientation
  • Recruitment Messages
  • Person-Organization Fit
  • College Recruitment
Date of Defense 2011-03-30
Availability unrestricted
The hospitality industry continuously seeks to recruit available talents from a variety of sources in order to provide uniquely satisfying services to customers. This has become a more challenging task with companies expanding their business into markets where cultures are dissimilar to those of the US, and the customers are more diversified. Although various studies have discussed different aspects of recruitment, they have not examined the relationship between recruitment messages and cultural difference extensively. Additionally, the current understanding with regard to person-organization (PO) fit perception is limited as well. This study aims to investigate the influence of context orientation, which is defined as the level of information explicitness in the transmitted communications (Hall, 1977), on job seekers’ preference for recruitment messages, PO fit, and job application intention.

Measurement items were developed based on a review of the literature. Using a paper-based questionnaire, a total of 350 college students majoring in hospitality and tourism management from three universities located in US and Taiwan, were sampled. Factor analysis was employed to identify the underlying structure among measurement items. Overall, eleven factors were extracted: six factors measured context orientation, three factors measured recruitment messages preference, and two factors measured PO fit. Structural equation modeling and multiple regression analysis were then incorporated to examine proposed relationships between constructs.

Results from the statistical analysis indicated the relationships between context orientation, preferences for recruitment messages, PO fit, and job application intention were all positively related. Additionally, individuals who exhibited the qualities of low-context orientation were found more likely to prefer recruitment messages that incorporated a higher level of detail, precision, and directness. However, the proposed theoretical model was validated with the US group only. This study did not find support with the Taiwan group and with both groups combined.

The findings provided some insight into the study of recruitment in the hospitality industry and its relationship with cultural differences. Further, the managerial implications were explored and a discussion of both the limitations of and suggestion for future research were discussed.

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