Intra-Organizational Job Mobility Networks and Wage Inequality

Steve McDonald, NCSU - Sociology
Despite the increasing prevalence of job mobility across work organizations, internal job moves remain a common yet relatively understudied aspect of work careers. The movement of individuals across jobs within an organization could therefore help to explain persistent and growing intra-organizational wage inequality. We analyze directed network data based on movement of individuals among jobs within 11 distribution centers of a private sector firm over the course of 6 years. The data are used to examine how the global and local network characteristics are associated with wage variation a) within the distribution centers and 2) within each job in each distribution center. Overall, the results are consistent with a relational inequality perspective, in that network structure and positioning appear to be consequential for the claims making process involved in wage determination.
January, 14 2014 | 12:30 - 2:00 | 230E Gross Hall

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