Getting a Job: Study of Contacts and Careers

Getting a Job: Study of Contacts and Careers

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By (author) Mark Granovetter

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 224mm x 23mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 15 March 1995
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226305813
  • ISBN 13: 9780226305813
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 456,411

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This 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 labour markets. Examining the link between job contacts and social structure, the author recognizes networking as the crucial link between economists' studies of labour mobility and more focused studies of an individual's motivation to find work. The text also includes Granovetter's influential article - "Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problems of Embeddedness".

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

Table of contents

Preface to the Second Edition Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Pt. 1: Toward Causal Models Ch. 1: "Job Search" and Economic Theory Ch. 2: Contacts and Their Information Ch. 3: The Dynamics of Information Flow Ch. 4: The Dynamics of Vacancy Structure Ch. 5: Contacts: Acquisition and Maintenance Ch. 6: Career Structure Ch. 7: Some Theoretical Implications Pt. 2: Mobility and Society Ch. 8: Mobility and Organizations Ch. 9: Comparative Perspectives Ch. 10: Applications Afterword 1994: Reconsiderations and a New Agenda Appendix A: Design and Conduct of the Study Appendix B: Coding Rules and Problems Appendix C: Letters and Interview Schedules Appendix D: Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness References Index