Resources and relationships: Social networks and mobility in the workplace

by Joel M. Podolny, James N. Baron
American Sociological Review ()


Weexaminehow the structureand contentof individuals'networksin the workplace affect intraorganizational mobility. Consistent with prior re- search, wefind thatan individual'smobilityis enhancedbyhavinga large, sparse network of informal ties for acquiring information and resources. However,in contrasttopreviouswork,we emphasizethe importanceof con- sistent role expectationsfor performanceand mobility.Wefind evidence that well-definedperformanceexpectationsare more likely to arise from a small, dense networkof individuals.Wedevelopa typologyof networkcontentsand documentthe interactionbetween networkstructureand content in analyses of mobility among employees of a high-technologyfirm. Wealso examine how the effects of tie durationon mobilityvary by tie content. Wediscuss the implicationsof our resultsfor theoryand researchon networksand organi- zational mobility.

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