The purpose of this paper is to investigate the importance of social capital in the workplace. To be more precise, to ask whether access to social capital is associated with differences in the wages and status of employees within the organization.
The authors used data from a case study of the status attainment of employees in a Swedish industrial firm.
Results demonstrate that: the socioeconomic background, gender and “migrant backgrounds” of employees have an impact on their access to resource‐rich networks; and there is a positive association between access to social capital and position in the organization, even after controlling for employees' education and labor market experience.
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.
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, the authors ask whether the subordinate status of employees has an impact on their access to social capital in the place of work.
Behtoui, A. and Neergaard, A. (2012), "Social capital, status and income attainment in the workplace", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 32 No. 1/2, pp. 42-55. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443331211201752Download as .RIS
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