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Saarland University (Professor Stefan Strohmeier, Ph.D.)

Prof. Dr. Strohmeier Professor Stefan Strohmeier holds the chair of management information systems at Saarland University.

The chair of management information systems is in charge of researching the intersection between human resources management and information technology. More specifically we deal with the theoretical elucidation, the empirical description and the practical design the planning, provision, implementation, application and operation of information systems in human resources management.

Interview with Professor Strohmeier

Question: Have you already been able to gain insights from other research projects in the mobile recruiting area in the run-up to the ReMoMedia project and what is your assessment of the relevance of this area as an academic expert?

Answer: We have conducted some research in the area of e-recruiting, but no specific mobile recruiting research. The current research on the acceptance of mobile applications exhibits nonetheless several points of contact and overlaps with our project. The electronic human resources management is about to organize itself, while I don't know of any specific projects in the area of mobile human resources management. In particular because of the supersession of inconvenient WAP terminal devices by a new generation of mobile devices such as the iPhone, I see increasing potential for the area of mobile recruiting, but also for mobile learning and so on. Correspondingly, there is a need for comprehensive research, both in the design-oriented field and in the area of evaluative user research.

One aspect that I consider especially important in this context is the differentiation between mobile and non-mobile and the precise working out of the functional (though not technical) distinguishing characteristics of mobile recruiting for human resources as I believe that the boundary between mobile and non-mobile services will become increasingly blurred and will in part only depend on the terminal device used.

Question: When implementing mobile recruiting schemes, what is the role of system-integration respectively the integration of these technologies in existing management information systems in human resources?

Answer: Given that for instance concepts such as talent relationship management, the so-called analytical aspect of recruitment (business intelligence, recruiting data warehouse), is becoming increasingly important, integration, at least of the mobile recruitment data, into decision-supporting systems is essential. Next to conventional analyses such as process tracking or applicant analysis, new potentials of mobile recruitment such as web mining also need to be examined. And just for the sake of completeness, mobile recruitment should in my view also be integrated into the administrative systems of human resources.

Question: From your perspective, what is it that makes recruitment with mobile media technologies especially attractive for working with younger applicant target groups?

Answer:The high acceptance, appreciation and dissemination of mobile technologies in this target group. This also needs to be researched in more depth, however; for example aspects such as the "public" nature of mobile technology use, that is, reduced privacy for instance when applying or when contacting applicants.

Question:In your view, will mobile recruitment also lead to new forms of candidate sourcing as well as to electronically supported interaction with applicants, for example contacting via video-telephony? What challenges lie ahead for personnel marketing here?

Answer:I generally expect an intensifying of candidate sourcing by enterprises and believe that they will continue to use a portfolio of communication channels for this (multi channel). What the role of the channels of the mobile area will play and which of those will be especially important I am unable to judge at the moment. Empirical acceptance research might give us some first answers in this area.

Question:What are your expectations for the project? What areas of the research project are of particular interest to you, and what expertise do you bring to the network of project partners?

Answer:I am currently planning to be responsible for most of all the theoretical and empirical accompanying research of the project. My comparative advantage is probably that I know the theoretically founded empirical research in the relevant segment very well. With a view to possible points of intersection, I have worked on conventional recruitment, business intelligence and other systems, and I have some knowledge in the areas SAP, human resources and business administration.

Status as of Oktober 2008