Getting a Job: A Study of Contacts and Careers

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University of Chicago Press, Mar 15, 1995 - Business & Economics - 251 pages
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This classic study of how 282 men in the United States found their jobs not only proves "it's not what you know but who you know," but also demonstrates how social activity influences labor markets. Examining the link between job contacts and social structure, Granovetter recognizes networking as the crucial link between economists studies of labor mobility and more focused studies of an individual's motivation to find work.

This second edition is updated with a new Afterword and includes Granovetter's influential article "Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problems of Embeddedness."

"Who would imagine that a book with such a prosaic title as 'getting a job' could pose such provocative questions about social structure and even social policy? In a remarkably ingenious and deceptively simple analysis of data gathered from a carefully designed sample of professional, technical, and managerial employees . . . Granovetter manages to raise a number of critical issues for the economic theory of labor markets as well as for theories of social structure by exploiting the emerging 'social network' perspective."—Edward O. Laumann, American Journal of Sociology

"This short volume has much to offer readers of many disciplines. . . . Granovetter demonstrates ingenuity in his design and collection of data."—Jacob Siegel, Monthly Labor Review

"A fascinating exploration, for Granovetter's principal interest lies in utilizing sociological theory and method to ascertain the nature of the linkages through which labor market information is transmitted by 'friends and relatives.'"—Herbert Parnes, Industrial and Labor Relations Review

 

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Contents

Toward Causal Models
25
Job Search and Economic Theory
27
Contacts and Their Information
43
The Dynamics of Information Flow
53
The Dynamics of Vacancy Structure
65
Contacts Acquisition and Maintenance
75
Career Structure
87
Some Theoretical Implications
95
Comparative Perspectives
121
Applications
133
Reconsiderations and a New Agenda
141
Design and Conduct of the Study
185
Coding Rules and Problems
197
Letters and Interview Schedules
203
Economic Action and Social Structure The Problem of Embeddedness
213
References
243

Mobility and Society
107
Mobility and Organizations
109

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About the author (1995)

Mark Granovetter is professor of sociology and organization behavior at Northwestern University and Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

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