Doctoral thesis

Essays on workplace social structure and employee mobility

  • 2014

PhD: Università della Svizzera italiana

English The study of the influence of organizations in patterning employees’ mobility has received growing attention in management research. This dissertation extends our understanding of the effect of social structure of workplace on employees’ mobility in two different ways. First, the dissertation analyzes the mobility consequences of heterogeneity in top management teams (TMTs) as moderated by the structuring and functioning of the organizations. In particular, I focus on the firms’ orientation to bureaucracy in moderating the well-known mobility implications associated with TMT heterogeneity. Novel predictions are developed and tested in the context of Dutch accounting industry during the period 1940 to 1982. Second, the dissertation theorizes the link between organizational stratification and mobility into entrepreneurship. In particular, I offer a theoretical framework to predict the conditions under which wage inequality in organizations constrain or enable employee mobility into entrepreneurship. I test the predictions in the context of business service sector in Sweden during the period 1993 to 2007.
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