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Three papers exploring work experiences and careers in the era of social media

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The three papers in this dissertation explore how employees' careers and work experiences are evolving in the era of social media. In the first paper, a new construct, the job mobility mindset (JMM), is conceptualized and captures an individual's favorable beliefs about external job mobility. A strong JMM believes in the value of external job mobility to building an individual's human and social capital and developing a sustainable career. After developing a psychometrically valid measure of the JMM, the consequences of the JMM on the evaluation of job candidates are examined. The second paper examines how social media facilitates the development of "FOMO-work" (i.e., fear of missing out on better work experiences) in employees through untethered access to the curated highlights of other's work experiences. Specifically, FOMO-work is examined as a psychological mechanism linking employees' social media usage to job attitudes, well-being, and interest in external job opportunities. Finally, the third paper provides a systematic review and synthesis of research on social network ties in the organizational and social media context. A typology is developed to organize the numerous network ties examined across both contexts and along dimensions such as strength properties and tie content. In turn, new insights are generated on the types of network ties that may generate value to careers, as well as how network ties have evolved on social media. Together, these papers advance management research on employees' work experiences and careers in the social media era.
165 pages.
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Thesis advisor: Zatzick, Chris
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