Social and Structural Pressures on Hiring Practices Adoption in Church Organizations
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Hiring practices are fundamental to organizations’ success, and the study of why organizations select and implement some hiring practices but not others can also help us understand and address fundamental diffusion of innovation problems. These insights will be particularly useful in organizations like churches that generally struggle with hiring processes and policies, often having difficulty parsing spiritual and business goals. In this study, churches were surveyed to assess the state of their hiring practices. It offers evidence about why these practices might or might not be adopted, while also providing church leaders with practical advice for the implementation of more effective hiring practice. Through the findings of this study a church staff will be better equipped to make decisions regarding their hiring practices and whether or not they should adopt a different approach to the area of hiring within their organizations. The results of this study were of statistical importance, though not in the ways originally anticipated. Churches are affected by a desire to innovate, but do not seem to be impacted very much by social pressures to do so. Though there is a drive for them to improve, it seems to be motivated by something different than their competitors’ activity or other social pressures.
Vanderbloemen, Matthew (2015). Social and Structural Pressures on Hiring Practices Adoption in Church Organizations. Honors and Undergraduate Research. Available electronically from