Research Seminar Archive
Professor James Wade (Georgetown University): Employment Affiliation Networks And Career Mobility Among Nfl Coaching Staff 1985-2008
ABSTRACT Our study investigates career mobility both within and across organizations and extends prior research that has focused on effects of social networks and race on career mobility.
More specifically, we show how an individual's position in the overall social network of an industry influences their career outcomes. We further show how race and organizational performance interacts with social networks in influencing promotion rates both within and across firms as well as the likelihood of individuals exiting the industry. Our results provide some evidence that network ties are of greater importance to those in disadvantaged groups in determining mobility. In addition, we find that being central in an inter-organizational network has a stronger effect when organizational performance is poor. We test our arguments using longitudinal data for coaching staff in a competitive professional sports industry, the U.S. National Football League, from 1985-2008.
A Business Management Research Seminar.