Careers in the Greek public sector: calibrating the kaleidoscope

Mouratidou, Maria ORCID logo ORCID: and Grabarski, Mirit K. ORCID logo ORCID: (2021) Careers in the Greek public sector: calibrating the kaleidoscope. Career Development International, 26 (2). pp. 201-216.

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Purpose: The authors draw upon the kaleidoscope career model (KCM) to explore the career perceptions of public service employees in Greece.

Design/methodology/approach: Qualitative semistructured interviews were conducted with 33 civil servants.

Findings: The authors’ demonstrate how context frames career perceptions and propose an additional KCM parameter (security).

Research limitations/implications: This context-based study proposes an extension of the KCM theory beyond the original three parameters that were dominant at its inception.

Practical implications: The authors provide recommendations for human resource practices, such as empowerment through training, fair promotions and providing meaning. Despite the common perception, the need for challenge exists even within the public sector, such that satisfying it can help organizations to gain strategic advantage.

Originality/value: This study expands a prominent career theory by exploring it in a unique context. By doing that, the authors are able to better understand how the parameters of the model are readjusted in different settings and to uncover a previously unidentified theme.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Career Development International
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1362-0436
Departments: Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership > Business
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
SWORD Depositor: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2021 10:13
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 12:02


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