Book Review: Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs

Pedigree BookLauren A. Rivera : Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015. 375 pp. $35.00, hardcover.

Jennifer Merluzzi recently reviewed this book in Administrative Science QuarterlyFrom the review:

The book is a very detailed read on hiring and elite firms and is thus best suited for individuals interested in these topics, such as scholars studying early professional careers, elite labor markets, inequality, or hiring specifically. With this said, many insights in the book could be beneficial to scholars interested in these topics more broadly. For instance, Rivera makes a strong case for rethinking core assumptions underlying empirical studies by management and sociology scholars, such as the importance of human resources personnel (who are often cordoned into roles providing administrative rather than strategic support that offer little oversight to assure meritocratic hiring) or the importance of résumés or grades in getting hired (because extracurricular activities that can serve as fodder for interview conversation trump any hard data presented on a résumé). So although the book is clearly situated as a study of class and elites, it does have broader insights into hiring that a wider set of scholars could benefit from reading.

The book’s strength is its rich qualitative descriptions of what goes on behind the curtain of hiring within a firm, particularly the ethnographic portions in which Rivera uses her keen skills as an observer to carefully document, often with sharp wit, what is occurring around her. As Rivera contends, this area has been a black box for empirical research in sociology and management, as information is known about the candidate and then ASQ Coverabout the hiring outcome for that candidate, but less is known about what happens in between. The book’s limitation is in offering concrete conclusions around solutions to the problems identified (more on this below). Nonetheless, it is an interesting read, and readers will be impressed with Rivera’s complete immersion in this elite world.

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No texting, plz! :)

laptop-and-cellphone-1269437-mIt can be discouraging for instructors who, after taking the time to prepare a lesson plan, find their students texting rather than taking notes in class. Educators across all disciplines and state lines are faced with the dilemma of how to respond. Is it a sign of disrespect or simply the burgeoning of a new generational divide?

A closer look at the numbers shows that the issue isn’t limited to a few problem students. A study conducted by Barney McCoy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln found that of the 777 students surveyed, more than 80% admitted to using their phone for non-academic related reasons during class. Undergraduates were the heaviest users, reaching for their phones an average of 11 times per school day, while graduate students came in at an average of 4 uses. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly Editor Melinda Knight discusses this issue in her editorial entitled “What to Do About Texting?”

Right before the first required oral presentation in this class, I asked everyone once again to BPCQ.inddturn phones off and give full attention to each speaker. As I was saying this, one student, whom I had previously asked to stop texting on several occasions, continued to text away until I stopped speaking all together. Usually, this kind of dramatic action will help make everyone aware of the problem, yet for the rest of the semester I had only limited success in convincing students that texting during class and especially when others were giving presentations was not professional behavior. Worse yet, I continually had to answer the same questions from students who did not hear what we had previously discussed because of texting. Perhaps the apparent lack of respect for everyone, instructor and students, is what has bothered me the most about this problem.

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Out of Whack: Assurance of Learning in Ethical Decision-Making Skills

[Editor’s Note: We’re pleased to reproduce “Out of Whack: Assurance of Learning in Ethical Decision-Making Skills” by Charles M. Vance from Journal of Management Inquiry.]

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Introducing SAGE edge!

[Editor’s Note: This piece was originally posted on SAGE’s blog SAGE Connection and is re-posted here with the kind permission of SAGE Connection editors.]

SAGE-edge-logoSAGE is delighted to launch SAGE edge, a robust online environment featuring an impressive array of tools and resources for review, study, and further exploration, keeping both instructors and students on the cutting edge of teaching and learning. SAGE edge content is open access and available on demand with resources tailored to fill the needs of both instructors and students.

What does SAGE edge for Instructors offer?

SAGE edge for Instructors includes important supplemental material to help create a rich learning environment for students. Most sites features:

–       Test banks

–       Sample course syllabi

–       PowerPoint slides

–       Videos and other multimedia content

–       Lecture notes

–       Course cartridges for easy LMS integration

–     Exclusive full-text access to SAGE journal articles for a robust learning experience

What does SAGE edge for Students include?

Designed to provide students with a personalized approach to learning, SAGE edge for Students features:

–       Chapter summaries and learning objectives

–       Quizzes

–       Interactive exercises

–       eFlashcards

–       Online action plans

–      Exclusive full-text access to select SAGE Journal articlesedge example

“At SAGE, we believe passionately that flourishing educational programs and engaged scholarship contribute to healthy minds and healthy societies,” stated Michele Sordi, Vice President of Editorial. “With SAGE edge, our goal is to connect quality content with student engagement for an enhanced teaching and learning experience. We look forward to expanding this resource to address the changing needs of students and instructors for years to come.”

For more information about SAGE edge, and to see a complete list of titles, click here.

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