Career empowerment: a new perspective on career motivation

Grabarski, Mirit K. and Mouratidou, Maria ORCID logo ORCID: (2019) Career empowerment: a new perspective on career motivation. In: 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management: Understanding the Inclusive Organization, 9-13 August 2019, Boston, MA, US.

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While the early career theories (Holland, 1985; Law, 1981; Lent, Brown & Hackett, 1994; Super,1990) focused on person-job fit, self-concept, and multiple roles that one can take in organizations, the new generation of theories (Boundaryless career theory, Arthur & Rousseau, 1996; Protean career theory, Hall, 1976; Kaleidoscope model, Sullivan & Mainiero, 2006) is more dynamic and focused on individual career decisions across organizations and occupations. Yet, these theories assume that the individual is an active force who makes career decisions with full agency and do not consider the variation in mindsets. In addition, most of them have white-collar or knowledge workers in mind, overlooking large sectors of people whose employability might be limited by different factors, for example human capital or social status (Blustein, 2001). For contemporary career theories to be applicable to wider contexts, is important that they be made more inclusive. In addition to the abovementioned factors that may limit employability, it is important to explicitly address the ways individuals may limit themselves. In order to do so, scholars should not assume that individuals have full agency to control their careers. Recent findings suggest that the individual’s ability to control their career is linked to their career outcomes (Guest & Rodrigues, 2015; Tams & Arthur, 2010). Being in control will likely lead to taking action, such as setting and pursuing various career goals, while powerlessness might lead to career entrenchment and frustration. The proposed symposium deals with factors with the potential to promote or inhibit career control and explores the link between career control and employability.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Journal / Publication Title: Academy of Management Proceedings
Publisher: Academy of Management
ISSN: 2151-6561
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Departments: Academic Departments > Business, Law, Policing & Social Sciences (BLPSS) > Business
Additional Information: Presented in session 1992: 'Sculptor or Sculpture? Agency and Control in Career Development and Employability' at this conference.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2019 11:55
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 09:32


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