Ofer Sharone

Mitsubishi Career Development Professor
Assistant Professor of Work and Employment Research

Biography | Selected Publications

Ofer Sharone

Ofer Sharone is the Mitsubishi Career Development Professor and an Assistant Professor of Work and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Sharone's research focuses on career transitions, job searching and unemployment, and examines the interplay between varied institutions on the one hand, and workers’ practices and experiences on the other. His studies are primarily cross-national comparisons and utilize in-depth interviews and participant observations.

His recently published book, Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching and Unemployment Experiences (University of Chicago Press), compares the job searching and unemployment experiences of white-collar workers in Israel and the United States. In 2014, this book won the Zelizer Award in Economic Sociology, the Weber Award in Organizations, Occupation, Work (OOW), and an Honorable Mention for the Douglas Award from the Culture Section of the ASA. His current research with the Institute for Career Transitions focuses on strategies for supporting long term unemployed job seekers. This research has received wide attention from national media and led to an invitation from the White House to participate in policy discussions on addressing long-term unemployment. 

Ofer's teaching interests include the sociology of work and culture, economic sociology, negotiations, and social theory.

Sharone holds a BA in economics from the University of Illinois; a JD from Harvard Law School; and a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.


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General Expertise
Career development; Changing workforce; Conflict resolution; Discrimination; Downsizing; Hiring; Labor market policy; LinkedIn; Recruitment; Sociology; Talent management; Unemployment