Social capital, status and income attainment in the workplace
2012 (English)In: International journal of sociology and social policy, ISSN 0144-333X, E-ISSN 1758-6720, Vol. 32, no 1/2, 42-55 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose - The purpose of this study is to investigate the importance of social capital in the workplace. To be more precise, we ask whether access to social capital is associated with differences in the wages and status of employees within the organization.
Design/methodology/approach - We used data from a case study of the status attainment of employees in a Swedish industrial firm.
Findings - Results demonstrate that: (a) the socioeconomic background, gender and "migrant backgrounds" of employees have an impact on their access to resource-rich networks; and (b) there is a positive association between access to social capital and position in the organization, even after control for employees’ education and labor market experience.
Research limitations/implications - The case study approach of the paper has its own characteristic limitations. At the same time the cross-sectional data open up the possibility of reverse causality. The analysis includes only individuals who were still working, while we know from the fieldwork that some former employees have taken early retirement or disability pensions due to occupational injury.
Originality/value - The focus of the paper is on the process of status attainment of subordinate groups (individuals from lower socioeconomic groups, individuals with stigmatized migrant backgrounds, and women), which is an under-researched issue in organizational studies. Therefore, we ask whether the subordinate status of employees has an impact on their access to social capital in the place of work.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2012. Vol. 32, no 1/2, 42-55 p.
Social capital, Labor market, Status attainment, Class, Gender, Ethnicity
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-72923DOI: 10.1108/01443331211201752OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-72923DiVA: diva2:463702