Do Applicants Care? Assessing the Influence of Socially Responsible Communication on Job Seekers in the Sport Industry

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Human-resource management is a unique challenge for professional sport franchises (PSFs). A lack of research on full-time employees in sport means we know little about the perceptions of those most connected to PSFs despite the unique nature of the sport industry. This paper investigates whether communicating socially responsible behavior (SRB) in sport job postings generates more prospective person–organization fit (POFit) and greater application intention. Uncovering these relationships will help sport practitioners optimize their hiring process by targeting recruitment messages. The analysis does not support the idea that communicating SRB in a sport job posting enhances prospective POFit or application intentions, even for socially conscious applicants. These findings contradict similar exercises carried out in other industries, highlighting the distinctiveness of professional sport.

Hayduk is a PhD candidate, and Walker, an associate professor, in the Div. of Sport Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.Hayduk (theodore.hayduk@tamu.edu) is corresponding author.
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