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The Mismanagement of TalentEmployability and Jobs in the Knowledge Economy$
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Phillip Brown, Anthony Hesketh, and Sarah Williams

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269532

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269532.001.0001

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The Science of Gut Feeling

The Science of Gut Feeling

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(p.91) 5 The Science of Gut Feeling
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The Mismanagement of Talent
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Phillip Brown

Anthony Hesketh

Sara Williams

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269532.003.0005

Because the stakes in managerial labour markets in the new knowledge-based economy (KBE) are high, there seems to be a shift from looking at the hard currencies of employability like certificates, awards, and the like, to analysing the soft currencies like the skills, capabilities, and performance of individuals. Potential employees have to be more than smart and well-qualified but they also have to be innovative, creative, and critical problem-solvers. Employability now has become stylized and becomes open to a certain level of subjectivity. This chapter looks into the science of gut feeling as a method of recruitment by examining how employers' justify their hiring decisions.

Keywords:   gut feeling, subjectivity, skills, recruitment, employability

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