Bureaucratic Structure and Attachment to Firms

Linkages to Potential Mobility in the Market
Part of the Springer Studies in Work and Industry book series (SSWI)


Internal labor markets and other aspects of bureaucratic employment structures are often associated, at least in the folklore of American business, with the creation of strong bonds between workers and their firms. Writing about Sears, Roebuck and Company, Donald Katz (1987) offered the following observation:

A firm policy of promotion from within, and the best profit-sharing and benefit program in the country, so completely enclosed the human ring of the company that by 1954 hardly any of the huge number of people working for Sears had ever worked anywhere else. A “psychological contract” Sears had made with its people was widely understood, and with it came the assurance that you could only be fired for stealing from the company or taking untoward liberties with your secretary (p. 14)


Psychological Contract Market Opportunity Current Employer Black Worker External Market 
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