Long Vacancy Chains

  • Lawrence T. Pinfield
Part of the Plenum Studies in Work and Industry book series (SSWI)


Long vacancy chains are one set of outcomes that may be derived from stereotypical models of internal labor markets (ILMs). Once triggered by an initial vacancy, long vacancy chains are consistent with models of ILM operation in which occupancy of a relatively stable system of jobs is maintained by repeated appointments of persons already employed within that ILM to fill successive vacant positions. In this stereotypical perspective, long vacancy chains originate at higher levels of the organizational hierarchy and continue until a lower-level port of entry is encountered and a new employee is hired from the external labor market (ELM). There are few external pressures for organizational change or adaptation that encourage reorganizations as a function of vacancies being experienced in departments. Thus, there is little if any job absorption or job dissolution to “prematurely” end the extended course of vacancy chains once they have been initiated.


Employee Relation Sales Manager Divisional Manager Internal Labor Market Vacant Position 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence T. Pinfield
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  1. 1.Simon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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