What’s Organizational Research? You’d Better Find Out!

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How organization studies can help you out-recruit your competition.

Organizational studies are interested in how influence is achieved, on a mass scale, through the development of organizational structures, and practices. So, for instance, if you want to find out what’s driving the latest fashion trends: organizational research is where you’ll find the answers.

To be more succinct – organizational research is essentially putting your finger on the pulse of a market. The better you understand your industry, the more attractive you’re going to be to top recruits, who, of course, are more likely to be right on top of all the current trends related to their job. Without it, you run the risk of looking out of touch, or even worse – losing touch with your industry.

Do you speak the language?

One of organizational research’s surprising little gems is its reflective property – but be careful, you might not like what you see in the mirror. It’s easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day of keeping up with our work that we don’t realize how far we’ve drifted away from the rest of our industry.

For example, titles and the responsibilities of different positions are changing faster than ever. If you’re calling out to the job market that you need an IT analyst, when you really need a networking specialist, chances are, if your competition’s savvier than you they’re going to connect with the best recruits before anyone even knows you’re hiring for that position.

Where to find the best of the best

Like moths to a flame, top talent gravitates toward the most influential elements of an industry – If you were a car designer, would you rather work for Chevy or Lamborghini? Organizational research can help you target talent without letting anyone know you’re looking.

Studying the grand patterns of a market can also reveal where your competition has an edge on you. This, in turn, can further direct your recruitment process – maybe it’s time to hire-away from your competition.

Stay on top of your competition and yourself

Whether we want to admit it or not, it’s in our nature to want to know where we stand. Many of our clients at Mankuta | Gallagher use organizational research to gauge their own performance.

Knowing your place in your market is significant both in your hiring practices and in determining the best course of action for your company. We bring all the variables together so you can see exactly how you measure up to your competition. If you’d like to find out more on how organizational research can benefit your hiring practices and beyond, contact us today.