Wednesday 9th May 2012 5.00-6.30 pm
Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD
It is often said that careers are more a matter of who you know than of what you know. Whilst this may be slightly overplayed, it is likely that social networks play at least as strong a role in careers today as they ever have. To some extent the operation of social networks in careers has been theorised and researched, but empirical evidence is still quite thin on the ground. In this presentation we will report some of the quantitative and qualitative findings from our recent study (funded by Vitae) of nearly 500 research staff in eight UK universities. We examine the researchers’ social networks, how they use those networks, what if anything stops researchers from using their networks, and the likely consequences for career satisfaction of networks and networking. Overall, the results suggest that researchers potentially have career-friendly networks, but do not always make good use of them. We highlight some of their reservations about networking. We suggest that whilst researchers may hold these reservations more
than many other groups, a closer look at what prevents networking behaviour is warranted.
This research was undertaken by John Arnold, Professor of Work Psychology at the Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield Management School; Laurie Cohen, Professor of Organisation Studies at the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough Unversity; Rebecca Harpley, a researcher currently working for the charity Action for Children.
John Arnold will present the research to the seminar in which there will be opportunities for participants to pool ideas and experiences of how to encourage people to engage in networking to contribute to their career satisfaction.
To book please contact Stephen McNair, NICEC Fellow.
Tel. 01603 737830
Attendance is free of charge to NICEC Fellows and Members, £20 to non members and £15 to students.
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