Shin Watanabe is a professor of sociology at Sophia University in Japan, specializing in economic sociology. He has been conducting research on job-matching process in Japan and the US, as well as studying the process of career formation among female leaders in Japanese business.
This research project proposes to study the process of job changing in the United States. The major objective is to undertake cross-national comparisons of the process of job changing in Japan and the United States to examine the relative impact of cultural and structural differences on job-matching process in the two nations. This study will replicate and extend the Japan study of job-changing process to empirically test three sets of hypotheses: those developed from the cultural and the structural perspectives, and those from Granovetter's study. This study will specifically focus on five aspects; (1) job-finding methods, (2) contact networks, (3) job-changing behavior,(4) job information, (5) and mobility outcomes.