A new study published in the academic journal PLOS ONE claims that hiring at HBS was “a waste” of time, with hiring staff for the non-profit organization “trending to be a waste of money”.
The article also cites recent HBS hires who are “disillusioned with the status quo” and said that “the hiring process is one that many of us feel is more of a hassle than it’s worth”.
In the report, Professor Daniel Riedl, an assistant professor of psychology at Northwestern University and a leading expert on human-caused climate change, and graduate student Risa Hagen from the University of Colorado Boulder, claim that hiring the wrong people to manage HBS is “totally unacceptable”, as they “have a tendency to be less qualified, more resistant to change and less likely to make good hires”.
They write: “Hiring staff for non-profits may seem like an obvious step, but it is one with potentially disastrous consequences, particularly for the organizations that rely on them to operate effectively.
This study demonstrates that hiring non-professionals in the workplace is a very inefficient way to allocate resources and effectively serve the needs of its users.”
The authors argue that the current hiring system “can lead to a hiring failure, and that, at the very least, we should be trying to change the way hiring is done”.
In response to the study, the HBS Foundation, which oversees the hiring process, issued a statement saying it was “very disappointed” by the authors’ findings and that “we do not think hiring practices at HBA should be changed”.
They added that the HBA Foundation’s “goal is to increase diversity in the workforce and our goal is to recruit, retain and motivate people who are qualified to work for HBA”.
In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, HBS Founder and CEO Larry Lessig defended hiring the best people to run HBS, saying the system was set up to “create an environment of opportunity”.
Lessig added that his organisation has been successful “because we have had the best staff in the business”.
“We hire the best and the brightest,” he said.
“And we’ve also had the right people in place.”
But critics say that, with a “shitty system”, hiring is a waste.
And they say that the new study suggests the hiring system may be outdated, with people working on HBS not having the experience they need to manage the organisation.
“The hiring process at HBD is an outmoded system of hiring that is broken,” said Daniel J. Reimann, executive director of the Center for the Study of Workplace Democracy at the University, San Diego.
“It’s a waste, in my view, of our resources.
We should be doing a better job of training and retaining our workforce.”
He said he thought hiring was an “incredibly important thing” and that he believed the system needed to be improved.
“I think it is an excellent idea that HBD needs to look at hiring, but I also think we should do more to train the people who will be responsible for hiring and ensuring that there is a strong and healthy culture at HBCD,” he added.