Exploring the Kaleidoscope Career Model in austerity

Mouratidou, Maria ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8144-3537 , Atkinson, Carol, Lupton, Ben and Antoniadou, Marilena (2017) Exploring the Kaleidoscope Career Model in austerity. In: 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management: At the Interface, 4-8 August 2017, Atlanta, GA, US.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2017.13517abstract


The Kaleidoscope Career Model (KCM) has been proposed as a metaphor from which to view careers (Mainiero & Sullivan, 2006). The model has three parameters: authenticity, balance and challenge. Although it is now a decade old, the model remains highly relevant, and this paper uses it as its framework to examine findings from a qualitative study that analyses the thoughts of thirty- three Hellenic civil servants in order to explore the career needs of the participants in the context of austerity. Findings show that austerity frames and shapes career perceptions, with the context depressing the ambition and expectation of participants. These findings contradict the results of previous KCM studies. We therefore argue that the KCM has limitations and we show how the model can be modified to take account of these new findings whilst remaining true to its traditional purpose.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Journal / Publication Title: Academy of Management Proceedings
Publisher: Academy of Management
ISSN: 2151-6561
Departments: Academic Departments > Business, Law, Policing & Social Sciences (BLPSS) > Business
Additional Information: Dr Maria Mouratidou is Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour at the University of Cumbria, UK. Published version is astract only. The Academy of Management does not maintain an archive of the full text version of papers presented at the Academy's annual meetings.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2017 12:42
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 18:15
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3346


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