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 Scott, Robert, and Stephen Kosslyn (eds.) Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.

“Gender, Trial Employment, and Initial Salaries.” Sterling, Adina, and Roberto M. Fernandez. Paper presented at the 2014 meetings of the Academy of Management in Philadelphia, August, 2014.

“Job Queues and the Gender Composition of Jobs in High Tech.” ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and Santiago Campero. Paper presented at the American Sociological Association meetings in San Francisco, August, 2014.

“What’s the Value of Social Capital? A Within-Person Job Offer and Choice Test.” ​Greenberg, Jason, and Roberto M. Fernandez. Paper presented at the American Sociological Association meetings in San Francisco, August, 2014.

“Whose Closure? Gender Inequality and Access to Skill Training.” ​Hunkler, Christian, and Roberto M. Fernandez. Paper presented at the 2014 meetings of the European Group for Organization Studies in Rotterdam, July 2014.

"Gender, Trial Employment, and Initial Salaries," Roberto M. Fernandez, Adina D. Sterling (2014)

“The Causal Status of Social Capital in Labor Markets.” ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and Roman Galperin (2014). Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 40: 441-457.  (2014)

“Executive Search and the Glass Ceiling.” ​Fernandez, Roberto M. (2013). Paper presented at the American Sociological Association meetings in New York, August 2013.

“How Do Labor Market Networks Work?” Fernandez, Roberto M. (April 2013). Presented at the Department of Sociology, Duke University. 

“Gender Sorting into an Organizational Hierarchy.” Fernandez, Roberto M., Megan Cox, and Kristen Wilhite (March 2013). Paper presented at the Eastern Sociological Society meetings in Boston.

“Sex Segregation at Work: Gender and Self-Presentation at the Hiring Interface.” ​Huising, Ruthanne, Emily Linder, and Roberto M. Fernandez (March 2013). Paper presented at the Eastern Sociological Society meetings in Boston.

“Gendered Musical Chairs: Job Sucession and Gender Segregation.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and Gokce Basbug. Proceedings of the 65th Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Relations Association Series. 2013.

“Gendered Musical Chairs: Job Succession and Sex Segregation.” ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and Gokce Basbug (2013). Paper presented at the Labor and Employment Relations meetings in St, Louis. (2013)

Missing Links: Referrer Behavior and Job Segregation.” Rubineau, Brian and Roberto M. Fernandez (2013). Management Science 59(11): 2470-2489. (2013)

Race, Network Hiring, and Statistical Discrimination.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and Jason Greenberg. Research in the Sociology of Work, 24: 81-102. (2013)

“Women on Top: Sources of the Gender Gap in Allocation to Top Corporate Jobs.” Fernandez-Mateo, Isabel, and Roberto M. Fernandez (2013). Paper presented at American Sociological Association meetings in New York. (2013)

“The Power of Networks in the Labor Market.” ​Fernandez, Roberto M. (October 2012). Keynote address presented at “Embeddedness and Beyond: Do Sociological Theories Meet Economic Realities?” International Conference in Moscow (October 25-28, 2012; http://esconf2012.hse.ru/video/).

"The Causal Status of Social Capital in Labor Markets." Fernandez, Roberto, and Roman V. Galperin. [Working Paper] (2012)

“Glass Ceilings and Glass Doors: Internal and External Sorting Into Three Organizational Hierarchies.” Fernandez, Roberto M. (2012). Paper presented at Sabanci University, Istanbul. April 2012.

“Fair or Fear? Incentives and Work Effort.” ​Hassink, Wolter H.J. and Roberto M. Fernandez (2012). Paper presented at the 2012 meetings of the Society of Labor Economists in Chicago, IL.

"Gender Sorting and the Glass Ceiling in High Tech." Roberto M. Fernandez and Santiago Campero. [Working Paper] (2012)

“Gender Sorting and the Glass Ceiling in High Tech.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and Santiago Campero (2012). Paper presented at the 2012 annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Denver, Colorado.

“Race, Gender and Statistical Discrimination: Network Hiring in a Low Wage Labor Market.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and Jason Greenberg (2012). Paper presented at the 2012 annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

“The Causal Status of Social Capital in Labor Markets.” ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and Roman V. Galperin (2012). Paper presented at the 2012 annual meetings of the American Sociological Association in Denver, Colorado (http://ssrn.com/abstract=2067096; forthcoming in Research in the Sociology of Organizations).

Gender Sorting at the Application Interface.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and Colette Friedrich. Industrial Relations 50: 591-609. (2011)

“Glass Ceilings and Glass Doors: Internal and External Hiring in an Organizational Hierarchy.” ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and Mabel Botelho Abraham (2011). Paper presented at the 2011 annual meetings of the American Sociological Association in Las Vegas, NV.

“Reflections on the Glass Ceiling.” Fernandez, Roberto M.  (November 2010). Paper presented at the Danish Federation of Industries.

“The Glass Ceiling.” Fernandez, Roberto M. (November 2010). Presentation at the Danish Center for Leadership.

“From Metaphors to Mechanisms: Gender Sorting Into an Organizational Hierarchy.” ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and Mabel Botelho Abraham (July 2010). Paper presented at the Department of Economics, University of Utrecht, Netherlands.

“Gender and Race Sorting at the Application Interface.” ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and Colette Friedrich (July 2010). Paper presented at the Department of Sociology, University of Utrecht, Netherlands, (July, 2010).

"From Metaphors to Mechanisms: Gender Sorting In(to) an Organizational Hierarchy." Roberto Fernandez, Mabel Botelho Abraham. [Working Paper] (2010)

“Gender Sorting Into an Organizational Hierarchy.” ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and Mabel Botelho Abraham (2010). Paper presented at the 2010 annual meetings of the European Group for Organization Studies in Lisbon, Portugal.

"Glass Ceilings and Glass Doors? Internal and External Hiring in an Organizational Hierarchy." Roberto Fernandez, Mabel Botelho Abraham [Working Paper] (2010)

Networks, Race and Hiring (2010)

Social Capital at Work: Networks and Employment at a Phone Center. (2010)

“Sources and Mechanisms of Workplace Discrimination.” ​Fernandez, Roberto M. (April 2009). Paper presented at the 2009 Olin Conference Combating Workplace Discrimination, University of Virginia School of Law.

“How Employers Use Space.” ​Fernandez, Roberto M. (February 2009). Paper presented at the S4 colloquium series Brown University.

“Creating the Connection: Networks, Race and Poverty at the Hiring Interface.” Fernandez, Roberto M. (2009). Paper presented at the 2009 meetings of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco. 

“What Do Employers Do? Networks, Race and Gender at the Hiring Interface.” Fernandez, Roberto M. (February 2008). Paper presented at Stanford University.

Competing for Jobs: Labor Queues and Gender Sorting in the Hiring Process.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and M. Louise Mors. Social Science Research 37: 1061-80. (2008)

Race, Spatial Mismatch, and Job Accessibility: Evidence From a Plant Relocation.” Fernandez, Roberto M. Social Science Research, 37: 953-975. (2008)

“Race, Spatial Mismatch, and Job Accessibility: Evidence From a Plant Relocation.” Fernandez, Roberto M. (2008). Presented at the 2008 meetings of the American Sociological Association in Boston.

“Job Queues: Gender and Race at the Application Interface.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and Colette Friedrich (2007). Presented at the 2007 meetings of the American Sociological Association in New York. 

“Hiring Managers’ Race in the Hiring Process.” Fernandez, ​Roberto M., and Jason Greenberg (2006). Presented at the 2006 meetings of the American Sociological Association in Montreal.

Networks, Race and Hiring.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and Isabel Fernandez-Mateo (2006). American Sociological Review 71: 42-71. (2006)

“Tipping Points: Referral Homophily and Job Segregation.” ​Rubineau, Brian, and Roberto M. Fernandez (2006). Presented at the 2006 meetings of the American Sociological Association in Montreal.

“Gendering Jobs: Networks and Queues in the Hiring Process.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and Marie Louise Mors (2005). Paper presented at the 2005 meetings of the American Sociological Association in Philadelphia, PA.

“Gendering the Job: Networks and Recruitment at a Call Center.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and M. Lourdes Sosa (2005). American Journal of Sociology, 111: 859-904. (2005)

“Missing Links: Referral Processes and Job Segregation.” ​Rubineau, Brian, and Roberto M. Fernandez (2005). Paper presented at the 2005 meetings of the American Sociological Association in Philadelphia, PA.

“Race, Space and Job Accessibility II: More Evidence From a Plant Retooling.” Fernandez, Roberto M. (2004). Paper presented in the National Poverty Center seminar series at the Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, October 5, 2004.

“Job Sex Segregation as a Complex System: Exploring a Simulation Approach.” ​Rubineau, Brian, and Roberto M. Fernandez (2004). Paper presented at the 2004 meetings of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco.

“Networks, Race and Hiring.” ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and Isabel Fernandez-Mateo (2004). Paper presented at the 2004 meetings of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco (Published in the American Sociological Review).

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

“Gendering the Job: Networks and Recruitment at a Call Center.” ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and Lourdes Sosa (2003). Paper presented at the 2003 meetings of the American Sociological Association in Atlanta (Published in the American Journal of Sociology).

“Keeping a Job: Network Hiring and Turnover in a Retail Bank.” Neckerman, Kathryn and Roberto M. Fernandez (2003). Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 20: 299-318. (2003)

“Networks, Race and Poverty.” Fernandez, Roberto M., and Isabel Fernandez-Mateo (2002). Paper presented at the 2002 meetings of the American Sociological Association in Chicago.

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

Fernandez, Roberto M. (2001). "Review of Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles," by Lawrence D. Bobo, Melvin L. Oliver, James H. Johnson Jr., and Abel Valenzuela Jr., editors, (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2000) in American Journal of Sociology, 107: 509-11. (2001)

“Skill-Biased Technological Change and Wage Inequality: Evidence From a Plant Retooling.” Fernandez, Roberto M. (2001). American Journal of Sociology, 107: 273-320. (2001)

"Social Capital at Work: Networks and Employment at a Phone Center." Fernández, Roberto M., Emilio J. Castilla and Paul Moore (2000). American Journal of Sociology, 105(5): 1288-1356.  (2000)

“Skill-Biased Technological Change and Wage Inequality: Evidence From a Plant Retooling.” Fernandez, Roberto M. (June 1999). Paper presented at the Summer Institute Research Conference of the Multidisciplinary Training Program in Inequality and Social Policy, Kennedy School, Harvard University. (Published in American Journal of Sociology).

“Social Capital at Work: Networks and Hiring at a Phone Center.” Fernandez, ​Roberto M., Emilio Castilla, and Paul Moore (October/November 1998) Paper presented at the Social Networks and Social Capital conference, Duke University. (Published in American Journal of Sociology).

“Who Sent You? Referrals, Homophily, and Hiring at a Phone Center.” ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and Emilio Castilla (May 1998). Presented at the Sunbelt XVIII and Fifth European International Social Networks Conference, Barcelona, Spain.(Revised version published in and edited volume Social Capital: Theory and Research).

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

“Skill Mismatch and Technological Change: Evidence From a Plant Retooling.” Fernandez, Roberto M. (December 1997). Presented at the Milken Institute Seminar, Los Angeles.

“Keeping a Job: Network Hiring and Turnover in a Retail Bank.” ​Neckerman, Kathryn, and Roberto M. Fernandez (November 1997). Presented at the Citicorp Behavioral Sciences Research Council Research Conference in New York. (Published in Research in the Sociology of Organizations).

“Recruitment Practices and Turnover: Are Network Hires Better Matched to Their Jobs?” ​Neckerman, Kathryn, and Roberto M. Fernandez (1997). Presented at the 1997 meetings of the American Sociological Association in Toronto. 

"Sifting and Sorting: Personal Contacts and Hiring in a Retail Bank." Fernandez, Roberto M., and Nancy Weinberg (1997). American Sociological Review, 62: 883-902.  (1997)

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

“Gender and Influence Style.” ​Fernandez, Roberto M., Calvin Morrill, and Nancy Weinberg (May 1996). Paper presented at a conference on “Power, Politics, and Influence in Organizations,” Stanford University.

"Networks and Hiring." Fernandez, ​Roberto M., and Nancy Weinberg (February 1996). Presented at the International Sunbelt Social Network Conference in Charleston, S.C.

"Getting a Job: Networks and Hiring in a Retail Bank." ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and Nancy Weinberg (1996). Presented at the 1996 meetings of the American Sociological Association in New York. (Published in American Sociological Review).

"Social Networks and Gender." ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and Nancy Weinberg (February 1995). Presented at the International Sunbelt Social Network Conference in San Diego, CA.

“Who Has the Most Fortune 500 Firms? A Network Analysis of Global Economic Competition, 1956-1989.” Bergesen, Albert, and Roberto M. Fernandez (1995). Journal of World-Systems Research, 1(2).  (1995)

"Spatial Mismatch: Housing, Transportation and Employment in Regional Perspective." ​Fernandez, Roberto M. (September/October 1994). Presented at the Metropolitan Assembly, Northwestern University.

"A Dilemma of State Power: Brokerage and Influence in the National Health Policy Domain." Fernandez, Roberto M., and Roger V. Gould (May 1994). American Journal of Sociology, 99(6): 1455-91.

"Who Has the Most Fortune 50 Firms? A Network Analysis of Global Economic Competition, 1956-1989." ​Bergesen, Albert, and Roberto M. Fernandez (April 1994). Presented at the 1994 Political Economy of the World System Conference, Irvine, CA.

"Different From Whom? Diversity and Organizational Commitment in a Manufacturing Plant." ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and Judith A. Levine (1994). Presented at the 1994 meetings of the American Sociological Association in Los Angeles.

"Race, Space, and Job Accessibility: Evidence From a Plant Relocation." Fernandez, Roberto M. (1994). Economic Geography, 70(4): 390-416. (1994)

"Effects of Spatial and Skill Mismatches on Minority Employment." Fernandez, ​Roberto M. (May 1993). Presented at the IRP-ASPE Research Seminar at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.

Fernandez, Roberto M. (1993). "Review of American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass," by Douglas Massey and Nancy Denton (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993) in Contemporary Sociology, 22: 365-366.

"Policy Dilemmas in Urban Education: Addressing the Needs of Poor, At-Risk Children." Boyd, William Lowe, Vernon M. Briggs, Jr., Eugene E. Eubanks, Roberto M. Fernandez, Jeffrey A. Raffel (1993). Journal of Urban Affairs, 14: 263-290. (1993)

"A Review of 'Why Black Men Are Doing Worse in the Labor Market.'" Fernandez, ​Roberto M. (1992). Paper presented at Social Science Research Council's conference entitled "The Urban Underclass: Perspectives From the Social Sciences" at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. (1992)

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

"Race, Space, and Job Accessibility: Evidence From a Plant Relocation." ​Fernandez, Roberto M. (1992). Paper presented at the 1992 American Sociological Association Mettings in Pittsburgh.

"Social Isolation and the Underclass." Fernandez, Roberto M., and David Harris (1992). Pp. 257-293 in Harrell, Adele, and George Peterson (eds.), Drugs, Crime, and Social Distress: Barriers to Urban Opportunity. Washington, D.C.: The Urban Institute Press. (1992)

"Social Isolation and the Underclass." ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and David Harris (1991). Presented at the 1991 meetings of the American Sociological Association in Cincinnati.

"Structural Bases of Leadership in Intraorganizational Networks." Fernandez, Roberto M. (1991). Social Psychology Quarterly, 54(1): 36-53. (1991)

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

"Structural Factors in Hispanic Youth Achievement." Fernandez, Roberto M. (1990). Presented at the 1990 meetings of the Association of Policy Analysis and Management in San Francisco.

"Dropping Out Among Hispanic Youth." Fernandez, Roberto M., Ronnelle Paulsen and Marsha Hirano-Nakanishi (1989). Social Science Research, 18: 21-52. (1989)

"Mimetic Process in Interorganizational Networks." Fernandez, Roberto M. (1989). Paper presented at the 1989 meetings of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco.

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

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

"A Micro Model of Activism in a Social Movement Organization: Differential Activism in a Women's Center." ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and Lisa Rowe (1988). Paper presented at the 1988 meetings of the American Sociological Association in Atlanta.

"Dropping Out Among Hispanic Youth." Fernandez, Roberto M., Ronnelle Paulsen and Marsha Hirano-Nakanishi (1988). Paper presented at the 1988 meetings of the American Sociological Association in Atlanta.

"Information Brokerage in the National Health Policy Domain." ​Fernandez, Roberto M., Roger Gould, and David Prensky (1988). Paper presented at the 1988 meetings of the American Sociological Association in Atlanta.

"Social Networks and Social Movements: Multiorganizational Fields and Recruitment to Mississippi Freedom Summer." Fernandez, Roberto M., and Doug McAdam (1988). Sociological Forum, 3(3): 357-382. (1988)

"Worker Power, Firm Power and the Structure of Labor Markets." Fligstein, Neil, and Roberto M. Fernandez (1988). The Sociological Quarterly, 29(1): 5-28.  (1988)

"America and the Changing Structure of Hegemonic Production." Bergesen, Albert, Roberto M. Fernandez, and Chintamani Sahoo (1987). Pp. 157-175 in Terry Boswell and Albert Bergesen (eds.), America's Changing Role in the World System. New York: Praeger. (1987)

"International Economic Competition: A Network Analysis." ​Bergesen, Albert, and Roberto M. Fernandez (1987). Paper presented at the 1987 meetings of the American Sociological Association in Chicago.

"Multiorganizational Fields and Recruitment Contexts: Network and Contextual Factors in Recruitment to Freedom Summer." ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and Doug McAdam (1987). Paper presented at the 1987 meetings of the American Sociological Association in Chicago.

"School-to-Work Transition Profiles of Mexican American and Non-Hispanic White High School Graduates." Holsinger, Donald B., and Roberto M. Fernandez (1987). Sociology and Social Research, 71: 211-220. (1987)

"Structural Bases of Leadership in Intraorganizational Networks." ​Fernandez, Roberto M. (1987). Paper presented at the 1987 meetings of the American Sociological Association in Chicago. 

"Bilingualism and Hispanic Scholastic Achievement: Some Baseline Results." Fernandez, Roberto M., and François Nielsen (1986). Social Science Research, 15(1): 43-70. (1986)

"Microstructural Bases of Recruitment to Social Movements." ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and Doug McAdam (1986). Paper presented at the 1986 meetings of the American Sociological Association in New York. 

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

"Hispanic Youth in the Labor Market." Fernandez, Roberto M. (1985). Paper presented at the 1985 meetings of the American Sociological Association in Washington, D.C.

"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 (1985). Pp. 113-146 in Cafferty, Pastora, and William McCready (eds.), Hispanics in the United States: A New Social Agenda. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Books. (1985)

"The Educational and Occupational Activities of Hispanic Youth." ​Fernandez, Roberto M., and Marsha Hirano-Nakanishi (1984). Presented at the National Center for Education Statistics, Washington, D.C. (1984)

"Educational Transitions of Whites and Mexican-Americans." ​Fligstein, Neil, and Roberto M. Fernandez (February 1982). Paper presented at the Hispanic Labor Market Conference, Santa Barbara, California. 

"Achievement of Hispanic Students in American High Schools: Background Characteristics and Achievement." Nielsen, Francçois, and Roberto M. Fernandez (1982). Washington, D.C.: National Center for Education Statistics. (1982)

"Bilinguals and Scholastic Achievement: Some Baseline Results." ​Fernandez, Roberto M. (1982). Paper presented at the 1982 meetings of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco. 

"Worker Power, Firm Size, and the Structure of Labor Markets." ​Fligstein, Neil, and Roberto M. Fernandez (1982). Paper presented at the 1982 meetings of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco.

"A Multilevel Model of Life Satisfaction: Effects of Individual Characteristics and Neighborhood Composition." Fernandez, Roberto M., and Jane C. Kulik (1981). American Sociological Review, 46(6): 840-850. (1981)

"Achievement of Hispanic Students in the United States Schools: Some Baseline Models." ​Nielsen, Francois, and Roberto M. Fernandez (1981). Paper presented at the 1981 meetings of the Population Association of America in Washington, D.C. 

 

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