The Company They Keep: How Human Brand Managers and Their Social Networks Shape Job Market Outcomes

39 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2014 Last revised: 31 May 2014

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Cesar Zamudio

Kent State University

Julie Guidry Moulard

Louisiana Tech University - Department of Marketing and Analysis

Angeline Close Scheinbaum

University of Texas at Austin; Clemson University

Date Written: March 29, 2014

Abstract

Individuals, as human brands, “market themselves” to become appealing to prospective parties, such as employers. Yet the responsibility of marketing a human brand rarely falls on an individual alone: mentors, agents, academic advisors, and other individuals actively market the human brand as well. We introduce the term “human brand manager” to describe these individuals, and propose that their social networks play an important role in the success of the human brands they manage. Such networks may be actively used to influence the human brand manager’s contacts or may also serve as an additional signaling mechanism for the human brands. This proposition is tested in the context of the marketing job market. We uncover unobservable communities of academic advisors using a community detection algorithm on placement and coauthoring patterns. When advisors belong to dense communities, candidates can benefit from additional salary gains, up to $23,419.03 in the case of placement communities and $15,149.58 in the case of coauthorship communities, after controlling for candidate and departmental quality. This shows that human brand managers’ membership in diverse social networks shape job market outcomes, and that their role in signaling value is sometimes superior to the human brand’s quality.

Keywords: Social networks, human brands, research productivity, coauthorship, job market

JEL Classification: J40, J44, M31

Suggested Citation

Zamudio, Cesar and Moulard, Julie Guidry and Scheinbaum, Angeline Close, The Company They Keep: How Human Brand Managers and Their Social Networks Shape Job Market Outcomes (March 29, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2417720 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2417720

Cesar Zamudio (Contact Author)

Kent State University ( email )

800 E. Summit St.
Kent, OH 44240
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.cesarzamudio.com

Julie Guidry Moulard

Louisiana Tech University - Department of Marketing and Analysis ( email )

United States

Angeline Close Scheinbaum

University of Texas at Austin ( email )

2317 Speedway
Austin, TX 78712
United States

HOME PAGE: http://angelineclose.com

Clemson University ( email )

Clemson, SC 29631
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.clemson.edu/business/about/profiles/aschein

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