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Information 2018, 9(11), 269;

Conceptualising and Modelling E-Recruitment Process for Enterprises through a Problem Oriented Approach

Faculty of Science and Technology, Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset BH12 5BB, UK
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This paper is extended version of conference paper “Alamro, S.; Dogan, H.; Cetinkaya, D. and Jiang, N. (2018). Problem-Oriented Conceptual Model and Ontology for Enterprise e-Recruitment.”
Received: 20 September 2018 / Revised: 18 October 2018 / Accepted: 25 October 2018 / Published: 29 October 2018
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Internet-led labour market has become so competitive it is forcing many organisations from different sectors to embrace e-recruitment. However, realising the value of the e-recruitment from a Requirements Engineering (RE) analysis perspective is challenging. This research was motivated by the results of a failed e-recruitment project conducted in military domain which was used as a case study. After reviewing the various challenges faced in that project through a number of related research domains, this research focused on two major problems: (1) the difficulty of scoping, representing, and systematically transforming recruitment problem knowledge towards e-recruitment solution specification; and (2) the difficulty of documenting e-recruitment best practices for reuse purposes in an enterprise recruitment environment. In this paper, a Problem-Oriented Conceptual Model (POCM) with a complementary Ontology for Recruitment Problem Definition (Onto-RPD) is proposed to contextualise the various recruitment problem viewpoints from an enterprise perspective, and to elaborate those problem viewpoints towards a comprehensive recruitment problem definition. POCM and Onto-RPD are developed incrementally using action-research conducted on three real case studies: (1) Secureland Army Enlistment; (2) British Army Regular Enlistment; and (3) UK Undergraduate Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). They are later evaluated in a focus group study against a set of criteria. The study shows that POCM and Onto-RPD provide a strong foundation for representing and understanding the e-recruitment problems from different perspectives. View Full-Text
Keywords: enterprise recruitment; problem definition; e-recruitment enterprise recruitment; problem definition; e-recruitment

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