Desautels Faculty of Management
Recruiting Seminar for the Organizational Behaviour Area
London Business School
Monday, December 14, 2009
Bronfman Building RM647
THE ROAD TO ENTITLEMENT: THE IMPACT OF ADMINISTRATIVE IMPERATIVES, POWER DYNAMICS, AND MANAGERS’ DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS ON THE CREATION OF NEW JOB TITLES
We examine the relationship between organization-level predictors and the demography of managers in the creation of job titles using longitudinal data on a sample of advertising agencies. Drawing on theories of job title proliferation, we argue that firms create more job titles in response to internal power dynamics and administrative imperatives but that the effect of power dynamics on job title creation is sensitive to who is given new job titles. Factors related to administrative imperatives (firm size, change in size and the average tenure of employees) influence the amount of job title creation independent of who gets new titles. Factors related to power dynamics (managerial mobility and the proportion of women in the firm) influence how many new job titles are created, but these effects differ depending on whether new job titles are created for women versus men or for incumbents versus new hires. Further, we find that administrative imperatives and power dynamics operate as countervailing forces for the creation of new job titles. These findings illustrate the importance of disaggregating the different processes that lead to job title proliferation and attending to the demographic characteristics of recipients of new titles for understanding changes in the job structures of organizations.