Extensive research has been undertaken regarding e-HRM, yet a significant gap remained in
the literature in regards to e-HRM and its impact on High Potential Start Ups (HPSUs). This
research addresses the gap, investigating the impact that e-HRM has on HPSUs in Ireland,
with a specific emphasis on e-recruitment.
Primary data was collected through six qualitative in-depth interviews with founders of
HPSUs located around Ireland; assessing the major HR challenges associated with the
recruitment process in HPSUs. The findings substantiate and add to the current literature,
identifying the challenges as a need for flexibility, cost effectiveness, a lack of personnel to
meet candidates for new roles and a lack of finances and resources.
The data establishes that HPSUs are not fully utilising e-HRM as best practice in recruitment
processes; and they are not using it to its full potential in regards to aligning recruitment
practices with business strategy which can aid with cost and time savings. Therefore, the
author has proposed a framework for best practice for e-recruitment in HPSUs.
The study also demonstrates how e-HRM adds value to the growth of a HPSU, enabling it to
scale up. However, it finds that there is a gap concerning how HPSUs will scale up from their
current size; hence, the the study finds that the implementation of e-HRM in their recruitment
processes should be their next step.