Roberto Fernandez

William F. Pounds Professor in Management
Professor of Organization Studies

Biography | Selected Publications

“How do Labor Market Networks Work?” Rubineau, Brian and Roberto M. Fernandez. In Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, edited by Robert Scott and Stephen Kosslyn. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.

“The Causal Status of Social Capital in Labor Markets.” Roberto M. Fernandez and Roman Galperin. In The Causal Status of Social Capital in Labor Markets, edited by Daniel J. Brass , Giuseppe Labianca , Ajay Mehra , Daniel S. Halgin and Stephen P. Borgatti, 445-462. Somerville , MA: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2014. 

"Gender, Trial Employment, and Initial Salaries." Sterling, Adina D. and Roberto M. Fernandez, MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 5118-14. June, 2014. 

“Race, Network Hiring, and Statistical Discrimination.” Roberto M. Fernandez and Jason Greenberg. In Networks, Work and Inequality, edited by Steve Mcdonald, 81-102. Somerville, MA: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2013.

“Missing Links: Referrer Behavior and Job Segregation.” Rubineau, Brian and Roberto M. Fernandez. Management Science Vol. 59, No. 11 (2013): 2470-2489.  (2013)

"Gendered Musical Chairs: Job Succession and Gender Segregation." Roberto M. Fernandez. In Proceedings of 65th Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Relations Association 2013, edited by F. Carre and C. Weller. Washington, DC: June 2013.

"Creating Connections for the Disadvantaged: Networks and Labor Market Intermediaries at the Hiring Interface." Fernandez, Roberto M., MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4778-10. May 2012. 

“Gender Sorting at the Application Interface.” Fernandez, Roberto M. and Colette Friedrich. Industrial Relations Vol. 50, No. 4 (2011): 591-609.  (2011)

"Tipping Points: Referral Homophily and Job Segregation." Rubineau, Brian and Roberto M. Fernandez, MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4783-10. June 2010. 

"Gender Sorting and the Glass Ceiling in High Tech." Fernandez, Roberto M. and Santiago Campero, MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4989-12. January 2010. 

“Competing for Jobs: Labor Queues and Gender Sorting in the Hiring Process.” Fernandez, Roberto M. and M. Louise Mors. Social Science Research Vol. 37, No. 4 (2008): 1061-1080.  (2008)

“Race, Spatial Mismatch, and Job Accessibility: Evidence From a Plant Relocation.” Fernandez, Roberto M. Social Science Research Vol. 37, No. 3 (2008): 953-975. (2008)

“Networks, Race and Hiring.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and Isabel Fernandez-Mateo. American Sociological Review  Vol. 71, No. 1 (2006): 42-71.  (2006)

“Gendering the Job: Networks and Recruitment at a Call Center.” Fernandez, Roberto M. and M. Lourdes Sosa. American Journal of Sociology Vol. 111, No. 3 (2005): 859-904.  (2005)

“Space in the Study of Labor Markets.” Fernandez, Roberto M. and Celina Su. Annual Review of Sociology, 30: 545-69. (2004)

“Keeping a Job: Network Hiring and Turnover in a Retail Bank.” Kathryn Neckerman and Roberto M. Fernandez. In Research in the Sociology of Organizations, edited by Vincent Buskens, Werner Raub and Chris Snijders, 299-318. Somerville, MA: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2003.

“How Much is That Network Worth? Social Capital in Employee Referral Networks.” Fernandez, Roberto M. and Emilio J. Castilla. In Social Capital: Theory and Research, edited by Nan Lin, Karen Cook and Ronald S. Burt, 85-104. Chicago, IL: Aldine-deGruyter, 2001.

"Review of Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles." Fernandez, Roberto M. Review of Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles, by Lawrence D. Bobo, Melvin L. Oliver, James H. Johnson Jr. and Abel Valenzuela Jr. American Journal of Sociology, September , 2001. 

“Skill-Biased Technological Change and Wage Inequality: Evidence From a Plant Retooling.” Fernandez, Roberto M. American Journal of Sociology Vol. 107, No. 2 (2001): 273-320.  (2001)

"Social Capital at Work: Networks and Employment at a Phone Center." Fernández, Roberto M., Emilio J. Castilla and Paul Moore. American Journal of Sociology Vol. 105, No. 5 (2000): 1288-1356. (2000)

"Structural Factors in Hispanic Youth Employment." Fernandez, Roberto M. In Race and Ethnicity in the United States: An Institutional Approach, William Velez, 202-222. New York, NY: General-Hall, 1998. 

"Sifting and Sorting: Personal Contacts and Hiring in a Retail Bank." Fernandez, Roberto M. and Nancy Weinberg. American Sociological Review Vol. 62, No. 6 (1997): 883-902.  (1997)

"Spatial Mismatch: Housing, Transportation and Employment in Regional Perspective." Fernandez, Roberto M. In The Urban Crisis: Linking Research to Action, edited by Burton Weisbrod and James Worthy, 81-99. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1997. 

“Who Has the Most Fortune 500 Firms? A Network Analysis of Global Economic Competition, 1956-1989.” Bergesen, Albert and Roberto M. Fernandez. Journal of World-Systems Research Vol. 1, No. 2 (1995): 1956-1989.  (1995)

"Race, Space, and Job Accessibility: Evidence From a Plant Relocation." Fernandez, Roberto M. Economic Geography Vol. 70, No. 4 (1994): 390-416.  (1994)

"A Dilemma of State Power: Brokerage and Influence in the National Health Policy Domain." Fernandez, Roberto M. and Roger V. Gould. American Journal of Sociology Vol. 99, No. 6 (1994): 1455-1491.  (1994)

"Review of American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass." Fernandez, Roberto M. Review of American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass, by Douglas Massey and Nancy Denton. Contemporary Sociology, December, 1993. 

"Social Isolation and the Underclass." Fernandez, Roberto M. and David Harris. In Drugs, Crime, and Social Distress: Barriers to Urban Opportunity, edited by Adele Harrell and George Peterson, 257-293.  (1992)

"Policy Dilemmas in Urban Education: Addressing the Needs of Poor, At-Risk Children." Jeffrey A. Raffel, William Lowe Boyd, Vernon M. Briggs Jr., Eugene E. Eubanks and Roberto M. Fernandez. Journal of Urban Affairs Vol. 14, No. 3-4 (1992): 263-290.  (1992)

"Demand-Side and Supply-Side Explanations of Black Male Joblessness." Fernandez, Roberto M. In Urban Labor Markets and Job Opportunity, edited by George Peterson and Wayne Vroman, 155-159. Washington, D.C.: The Urban Institute Press, 1992. 

"Structural Bases of Leadership in Intraorganizational Networks." Fernandez, Roberto M. Social Psychology Quarterly Vol. 54, No. 1 (1991): 36-53.  (1991)

"Microstructural Bases of Recruitment to Social Movements." ​McAdam, Doug and Roberto M. Fernandez. Research in Social Movements Vol. 12 (1990): 1-33.  (1990)

"Multiorganizational Fields and Recruitment to Social Movements." Fernandez, Roberto M. and Doug McAdam. International Social Movement Research Vol. 2 (1989): 315-343.  (1989)

"Structures of Mediation: A Formal Approach to Brokerage in Transaction Networks." Gould, Roger V. and Roberto M. Fernandez. Sociological Methodology Vol. 19 (1989): 89-126.  (1989)

"Dropping Out Among Hispanic Youth." Fernandez, Roberto M., Ronnelle Paulsen and Marsha Hirano-Nakanishi. Social Science Research Vol. 18, No. 1 (1989): 21-52.  (1989)

"Social Networks and Social Movements: Multiorganizational Fields and Recruitment to Mississippi Freedom Summer." Fernandez, Roberto M. and Doug McAdam. Sociological Forum Vol. 3, No. 3 (1988): 357-382.  (1988)

"Worker Power, Firm Power and the Structure of Labor Markets." Fligstein, Neil and Roberto M. Fernandez. The Sociological Quarterly Vol. 29, No. 1 (1988): 5-28. (1988)

"School-to-Work Transition Profiles of Mexican American and Non-Hispanic White High School Graduates." Holsinger, Donald B. and Roberto M. Fernandez. Sociology and Social Research Vol. 71, No. 21 (1987): 1-220.  (1987)

"America and the Changing Structure of Hegemonic Production." Bergesen, Albert, Roberto M. Fernandez and Chintamani Sahoo. In America's Changing Role in the World System, edited by New York, NY: Praeger, 1987. 

"Bilingualism and Hispanic Scholastic Achievement: Some Baseline Results." Fernandez, Roberto M. and François Nielsen. Social Science Research Vol. 15, No. 1 (1986): 43-70.  (1986)

"Educational Transitions of Whites and Mexican-Americans." Fligstein, Neil and Roberto M. Fernandez. In Hispanics in the U.S. Economy, edited by George Borjas and Marta Tienda, 161-192. New York, NY: Academic Press, 1985. 

"Hispanic Youth in the Labor Market: An Analysis of High School and Beyond." Fernandez, Roberto M. Pp. 410-461 in Charles Betsey, Robinson Hollister and Mary Papageorgiou (eds.) Youth Employment and Training Program: The YEDPA Years. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press. 1985.

"Hispanics and Education." Fligstein, Neil and Roberto M. Fernandez. In Hispanics in the United States: A New Social Agenda, edited by Pastora Cafferty and William McCready, 113-146. New Brunswick, NJ:Transaction Books, 1985. 

"A Multilevel Model of Life Satisfaction: Effects of Individual Characteristics and Neighborhood Composition." Fernandez, Roberto M. and Jane C. Kulik. American Sociological Review Vol. 46, No. 6 (1981): 840-850. (1981)

Achievement of Hispanic Students in American High Schools: Background Characteristics and Achievement. Francois Nielsen and Roberto M. Fernandez. (1981)


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Change management; Changing work environments; Gender issues; Hiring; Labor market policy; Managing change; Managing diversity; Organizational change; Organizational culture; Organizational studies; Recruitment; Social networks; Sociology