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Management perceptions of a higher educational brand for the attraction of talented academic staff

Musa Saurombe, E. Nicolene Barkhuizen, Nico E. Schutte
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 15 | a831 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v15i0.831 | © 2017 Musa Saurombe, E. Nicolene Barkhuizen, Nico E. Schutte | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 June 2016 | Published: 27 February 2017

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Musa Saurombe, Department of Industrial Psychology, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, South Africa
E. Nicolene Barkhuizen, Department of Industrial Psychology, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, South Africa
Nico E. Schutte, Department of Industrial Psychology, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, South Africa


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Abstract

Orientation: Academic staff members have a crucial role in the success of higher education institutions (HEIs). Therefore, it is imperative to cultivate an appealing organisational brand that will attract them to HEIs as an employer of choice.

Research purpose: The main objective of this study was to explore management perceptions on a higher educational institution as a brand for the attraction of talented academic staff.

Motivation for the study: Although a substantial amount of research has been conducted on organisational branding, not much has emphasised the higher educational sector.

Research approach, design and method: A qualitative research approach was adopted, using semi-structured interviews to collect data from management (N = 12) of a merged South African HEI.

Main findings: The findings revealed six themes that should form the core of a higher educational brand for academic staff: reputation and image, organisational culture and identity, strategic vision, corporate social responsibility and work and surrounding environment.

Practical/managerial implications: The findings of the study will assist higher education management to create a compelling organisational brand and work environment to attract and retain talented academic staff members.

Contribution/value-add: This research makes a valuable contribution towards creating new knowledge in the key that should form part of an appealing higher education brand that will attract and retain current and future talent.


Keywords

academic staff; higher education institutions; organisational branding; reputation and image; organisational culture and identity; talent management

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