AJIS Section Release: Research on the Role of Technology in Workforce Management

Gupta, M., Pandey, J., Gaur, J., & Vohra, N. (2019). Preface to Research on Role of Technology in Workforce Management. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 23. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3127/ajis.v23i0.2185
Banerjee, P., & Gupta, R. (2019). Talent Attraction through Online Recruitment Websites: Application of Web 2.0 Technologies. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 23. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3127/ajis.v23i0.1762
Talent attraction is one of the major challenges for HR managers. With the rise of online recruitment channels, the number of applicants for a given job vacancy have increased substantially. In addition, the time taken in finding the right talent from the huge pool of applications has increased significantly, adding up to the hiring cycle. In today’s competitive labour market, employers need to highlight their brand image to prospective job-seekers, so that there is higher chance of recruiting the best talent that fits their manpower requirement. In this paper, an attempt is made in investigating that to what extent web 2.0 technologies such as podcasts, blogs and online employee testimonials may enhance the employer's brand value in the eyes of employed professionals. A multi-group moderated mediation analysis is conducted with 361 working professionals who are active online recruitment platform users. The analysis helps establish the effect of the perceived quality and credibility of career websites on job-seekers’ perception about the employer and on their subsequent application intention. The findings reveal positive effect of video podcasts and realistic employee testimonials presented through third party blogs on job-seekers’ perceived quality and credibility of the job advertisement. This phenomenon is reflected in their heightened attraction for the employer and eventual intention to apply for jobs at the firm.
Shaik, F., & Makhecha, U. (2019). Drivers of Employee Engagement in Global Virtual Teams. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 23. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3127/ajis.v23i0.1770
Global Virtual Teams (GVTs) comprise geographically distributed groups of people collaborating with each other through technology-mediated communication. Members of GVTs are from different cultural backgrounds and time zones, who may (or may not) meet in person to take complex decisions or to deliver on the tasks that are of strategic importance. Though technology has enabled GVTs in almost all multinational organisations across all industries, keeping the members of GVTs engaged over the duration of the team's task or project could still pose a challenge for organisations. Employee engagement is defined as an employee's cognitive, behavioural and physical state directed towards organisational outcomes. While employee engagement has been researched in a collocated team context, it remains an under-researched area in the context of GVTs. Given that there are several characteristics of GVTs which are distinct from the collocated team, it warrants a separate inquiry, which we undertake in this study. This study uses the Job Demands-Resources theory of employee engagement to derive the drivers of employee engagement in GVTs. Through interpretive analysis of the lived experiences of members working in an organisation which extensively uses GVTs for achieving its strategic goals, we conceptualise five drivers of employee engagement, namely, cultural intelligence, communication (formal and informal), technology, trust and individual maturity.
Agarwal, U. (2019). Impact of Supervisors’ Perceived Communication Style on Subordinate’s Psychological Capital and Cyberloafing.Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 23. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3127/ajis.v23i0.1759
Drawing from Conservation of Resources Theory (COR), the purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of supervisor’s perceived communication style (passive, aggressive, and assertive styles) on subordinates PsyCap and cyberloafing. The study also tests the mediating role of PsyCap in the relationship between perceived communication style (CS) of supervisor and cyberloafing. In total, 680 full-time managerial employees from seven diverse firms in India were studied through questionnaire survey. Standard instruments were used to assess the constructs. Results revealed that perceived CS of supervisors-assertive, aggressive and passive styles have an impact on cyberloafing. PsyCap partially mediated the relationship between supervisors perceived assertive and aggressive perceived CS and cyberloafing. Theoretical contributions and managerial implications of the study are discussed.
Tomer, G., & Mishra, S. (2019). Expectation from Technology and Career Satisfaction: A study among IT Professionals in India. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 23. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3127/ajis.v23i0.1761
Technology is an integral part of the work life of any information technology (IT) professional. However, the influence of technology on career related outcomes of IT professionals is at best limited. Using the P-E fit perspective, the present study investigated the implications of the perceived fit/ misfit between the expected and the experienced career growth and work-life balance from the technology the IT professionals are working in on their career satisfaction. Based on response surface methodology and polynomial regression analysis of the data collected from 286 IT professionals, the study found that not only the fit, but also the misfit between expected and experienced technology led career growth and work-life balance is important in explaining career satisfaction. Implications of the study for both research and practice were discussed.