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Bridging the Gap? The Role of Trainee Programs in School to Work Transition

Häger, Sanna; Lönn, Jennifer and Bränd, Malin (2011)
Department of Business Administration
Abstract
Title: Bridging the Gap - The Role of Trainee Programs in School to Work Transition
Seminar date: May 31th 2011
Course BUSM18 – Master Thesis, Managing People Knowledge and Change
Authors: Malin Bränd, Sanna Häger & Jennifer Lönn
Supervisor: Sverre Spoelstra, School of Economics and Management, Department of Business Administration, Lund University, Sweden
Key words: Trainee, Trainee programs, School to work transition, Expectations, Organizational entry
Purpose: The purpose of this thesis is to examine how former trainees experience the transition from the trainee programs to subsequent position and thereby examine how the trainee program affects organizational entry.
Methodology: This thesis is inspired by social constructionism, where... (More)
Title: Bridging the Gap - The Role of Trainee Programs in School to Work Transition
Seminar date: May 31th 2011
Course BUSM18 – Master Thesis, Managing People Knowledge and Change
Authors: Malin Bränd, Sanna Häger & Jennifer Lönn
Supervisor: Sverre Spoelstra, School of Economics and Management, Department of Business Administration, Lund University, Sweden
Key words: Trainee, Trainee programs, School to work transition, Expectations, Organizational entry
Purpose: The purpose of this thesis is to examine how former trainees experience the transition from the trainee programs to subsequent position and thereby examine how the trainee program affects organizational entry.
Methodology: This thesis is inspired by social constructionism, where reality is seen as socially constructed and given meaning by people. We take an interpretive perspective as we are interested in explaining the respondents‟ subjective experiences. To collect our empirical material we have conducted qualitative, semi-structured interviews with eleven former trainees.
Theoretical framework: Theories presented in the thesis are concerned with the transition from school to work. Our main theory is Louis' model regarding organizational entry experiences. Furthermore, other theories are presented in order to complement Louis theory.
Empirical foundation Our study is based on a case study on one company‟s trainee program. We have interviewed eleven former trainees, about their experiences from the trainee program and the transition from the trainee program to their subsequent position.
Analysis: Louis' theory around organizational entry is the main theoretical source and assists us in the analysis of the empirical material. The main objective is to find and discuss the positive and negative aspects around trainee programs in organizational entry.
Conclusions: In this case study we have found some positive and negative effects that this specific trainee program has had on the former trainees‟ organizational entry. Our results show that the former trainees experience the network and the overall understanding created during the trainee program as the main positive outcomes. The network and overall understanding seems to have helped the former trainees in their transition to their subsequent work role. The main problems with the transition seem to be how the transition was dealt with on a structural level and that the respondents had expectations on their subsequent position
that were too high. On the basis of this research we theorize on the role of trainee programs in organizational entry. (Less)
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Häger, Sanna; Lönn, Jennifer and Bränd, Malin
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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Trainee, Trainee programs, School to work transition, Expectations, Organizational entry, Management of enterprises, Företagsledning, management
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Swedish
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1981879
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Seminar date: May 31th 2011
Course BUSM18 – Master Thesis, Managing People Knowledge and Change
Authors: Malin Bränd, Sanna Häger & Jennifer Lönn
Supervisor: Sverre Spoelstra, School of Economics and Management, Department of Business Administration, Lund University, Sweden
Key words: Trainee, Trainee programs, School to work transition, Expectations, Organizational entry
Purpose: The purpose of this thesis is to examine how former trainees experience the transition from the trainee programs to subsequent position and thereby examine how the trainee program affects organizational entry.
Methodology: This thesis is inspired by social constructionism, where reality is seen as socially constructed and given meaning by people. We take an interpretive perspective as we are interested in explaining the respondents‟ subjective experiences. To collect our empirical material we have conducted qualitative, semi-structured interviews with eleven former trainees.
Theoretical framework: Theories presented in the thesis are concerned with the transition from school to work. Our main theory is Louis' model regarding organizational entry experiences. Furthermore, other theories are presented in order to complement Louis theory.
Empirical foundation Our study is based on a case study on one company‟s trainee program. We have interviewed eleven former trainees, about their experiences from the trainee program and the transition from the trainee program to their subsequent position.
Analysis: Louis' theory around organizational entry is the main theoretical source and assists us in the analysis of the empirical material. The main objective is to find and discuss the positive and negative aspects around trainee programs in organizational entry.
Conclusions: In this case study we have found some positive and negative effects that this specific trainee program has had on the former trainees‟ organizational entry. Our results show that the former trainees experience the network and the overall understanding created during the trainee program as the main positive outcomes. The network and overall understanding seems to have helped the former trainees in their transition to their subsequent work role. The main problems with the transition seem to be how the transition was dealt with on a structural level and that the respondents had expectations on their subsequent position
that were too high. On the basis of this research we theorize on the role of trainee programs in organizational entry.},
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  title        = {Bridging the Gap? The Role of Trainee Programs in School to Work Transition},
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