Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Executive Doctorate in Business (EDB)


Managerial Sciences

First Advisor

Wesley J. Johnston, PhD

Second Advisor

Steven D. Olson, PhD

Third Advisor

Pam S. Ellen, PhD


This research contributes to the employee selection literature by examining the various aspects of value creation derived from systematic approaches to selective hiring and onboarding best practices. These best practices covering the end-to-end spectrum of talent acquisition activities from pre-recruitment to post-hiring performance management are examined through the construct of employee selection bundles. A rigorous type of employee selection bundle called Topgrading is examined across six case studies. This research builds on the employee selection literature by exploring the cross section of organizational learning theory, goal setting theory, and process management theory on the employee selection bundle as a mechanism that positively impacts firm performance.