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Examining the Role of Social Class within the Job Search Process

Title: Examining the Role of Social Class within the Job Search Process.

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Name(s): Deortentiis, Philip S., author
Van Iddekinge, Chad H., professor directing dissertation
Schatschneider, Christopher, university representative
Ferris, Gerald R., committee member
Fiorito, Jack Thomas, 1952-, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Business, degree granting college
Department of Management, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (193 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Social class is an important construct throughout the social sciences but has not received nearly as much attention in the management literature as it has in other fields. As a result, there is relatively little information regarding the role of social class in the areas of organizational behavior and human resources. The purpose of this dissertation was to understand the role of social class in the employment process, specifically during job search. Further, a model incorporating social class, job search antecedents, job search behavior, and various employment outcomes was tested. The dissertation included two studies: a pilot study and a main study. The pilot study was conducted using 218 job seekers recruited from MTurk and assessed the psychometric properties of the various measures used in the dissertation. The pilot study’s results also confirmed the dimensionality of the following constructs: socioeconomic status, subjective social status, and job search knowledge and skills. The main study was conducted using 271 undergraduate seniors seeking employment after graduation and tested the various hypotheses relevant to the research model. Social class was significantly related to the majority of antecedents to job search behavior, however the majority of the hypothesized moderating effects were not statistically significant. Overall, the results indicated that social class (a) directly related to social resources and most motivational factors relevant in the job search process, (b) indirectly affected job search behavior through job search self-efficacy, and (c) moderated the relationship between job search behavior and job search duration.
Identifier: FSU_2016SU_DeOrtentiis_fsu_0071E_13343 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Management in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester 2016.
Date of Defense: June 7, 2016.
Keywords: job search, social class, socioeconomic status
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Chad H. Van Iddekinge, Professor Directing Dissertation; Christopher Schatschneider, University Representative; Gerald R. Ferris, Committee Member; Jack Fiorito, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Management
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Owner Institution: FSU

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