Organizations, Work and Occupations

Like families, organizations are important social institutions. This area is designed to increase students’ knowledge and mastery of a range of organizations, including business firms, non-profit organizations, and government bodies. Going along with that, students are expected to understand the nature of experiences with these institutions (e.g., among workers or employees within firms) and how organizations interface with other social institutions (e.g., the family). Students learn theories (e.g., about the role that social networks play and guiding people into occupations, or how organizations form ties with each other) and become familiar with the methods that are required to study these processes (e.g., social network analysis).

Related people

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Diane Burton

Professor of Human Resource Studies (ILR)

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Eli Friedman

Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Labor

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Dan Hirschman

Associate Professor

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Chris Marquis

Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise

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David Strang


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Pamela Tolbert

Lois S. Gray Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Social Sciences

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Kim Weeden

Jan Rock Zubrow ’77 Professor of the Social Sciences, Director of the Center for the Study of Inequality

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Community and Urban Sociology    Computational Social Science    Culture    Economy and Society    Gender    Inequality and Social Stratification    Methodology    Organizations, Work and Occupations    Policy Analysis    Political Sociology and Social Movements    Race, Ethnicity and Immigration    Science, Technology and Medicine    Social Demography    Social Networks    Social Psychology    Sociology of Education    Sociology of Family    Sociology of Health and Illness