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Danny Pajak: The Shadow of Hierarchy – How to Sample a Hidden Population of Former Employees?

VortagendeR Danny Pajak
Tagung 15th Annual Conference of The International Society for New Institutional Economics (ISNIE)
Ort Stanford, CA, USA
Jahr 2011


Relocations in terms of outsourcing to a non-affiliated company and offshoring, the cross-border relocation within the company, are widely used in recent years and in many cases cause collective employee layoffs. Even if one of the main intentions is the reduction of costs, relocations may not produce the highly anticipated financial benefits that most companies pursue. One reason is that organizations often have overlooked and underestimated social or hidden consequences of reloca- tions. The goal of the project was to investigate the research question whether there is a kind of hierarchical shadow. Do former hierarchical structures still exist among victims and survivors of the relocation? How is this structure affected by hierarchy even years after the event and how is the shadow affecting the hierarchy of the firm itself? To answer these questions and to test whether former employees are still connected among one other, a pilot study was carried out among a German manufac- turer of electrical equipment which relocated its entire workforce in 2006. The pilot study also tested the feasibility of Respondent-Driven-Sampling (RDS) as an effective and efficient form to sample rare and hidden populations. The paper will introduce the RDS methodology to the institutional research community and gives advice for the implementation of a RDS-study. 

Einordnung in die Universitätsstruktur

Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Lehrstuhl Professur für Allg. BWL, insb. Internationales Management