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What's the deal? an exploration of career management behaviour in Iceland

Sturges, J. and Conway, Neil and Liefooghe, Andreas (2008) What's the deal? an exploration of career management behaviour in Iceland. The International Journal of Human Resource Management 19 (4), pp. 752-768. ISSN 0958-5192.

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This article reports the findings of a longitudinal study that investigated the nature of the career deal in Iceland, chosen as a research setting because it potentially offers a very different career environment to that which exists in the UK and US, where most previous research examining contemporary careers has been conducted. The findings show that certain dimensions of the contemporary career deal shown to exist in the UK are less apparent in the Icelandic context. While a close reciprocal relationship between career self-management behaviour and organizational career management help does exist, other potential aspects of the deal are absent. In Iceland, individuals who get more help with managing their careers are more committed to their employer but this commitment does not imply that they will do more to manage their own careers with their current employer as result. In addition, no links were found between career management activities and job performance. In Iceland individuals do not engage in career self-management behaviour to any great extent and when they do, their behaviour does not seem to have the same kind of focus or meaning that it has been shown to have in the context of the contemporary career deal that exists in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): career deal, career management, Iceland, job performance, organizational commitment
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2011 11:24
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:18

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