Episode 45: Is Data-Driven Hiring a Good or Bad Thing?

Episode 45: Is Data-Driven Hiring a Good or Bad Thing?

Is data-driven hiring the future, and if it is should we be happy or a little bit scared? With the economy heating upm we are seeing a surge in hiring, or at least a surge in companies trying to hire.  As they look for the best hires, some are turning to ‘data-driven hiring’ basically making the best use of technology to fill roles rather than culling through resumes the old fashioned way and relying heavily on interviews.  As might be expected this is a huge and controversial way to hire and there are pluses and minuses to the approach. Professor Matthew Bidwell of the Wharton School joins us on this episode to look at the pluses and minuses of choosing workers this way and why there is probably no going back.


Matthew Bidwell is an Associate Professor of Management at the Wharton School. His research examines new patterns in work and employment, focusing in particular on the causes and effects of more short-term, market oriented employment relationships. He has conducted detailed research on careers and mobility within and across organizations. He has also published a number of studies on contracting and outsourcing, among both IT professionals and managerial workers.

Matthew earned a Ph.D. from the MIT Sloan School, an S.M. in Political Science from MIT, and an M.Chem from Oxford. He has won multiple awards for his research and teaching, and is a faculty co-director of the Wharton People Analytics Initiative.



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