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Jeffrey H. Greenhaus, Gerard A. Callanan & Marco DiRenzo

In: The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Behavior: Volume I - Micro Approaches

Chapter 15: A Boundaryless Perspective on Careers

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A Boundaryless Perspective on Careers
A boundaryless perspective on careers

One of the most significant themes emerging in the literature over the past several decades has been the decline of traditional, organizational careers characterized by upward mobility in a single employment setting (Arthur and Rousseau, 1996). A turbulent economic environment has forced organizations to become more flexible to remain competitive. As a result of ever-increasing market pressures, organizations have become leaner, psychological contracts increasingly transactional, and long-term linear careers within a single organization have been replaced by boundaryless careers.

Obituaries for the ‘job,’ the ‘career,’ and ‘career jobs’ have appeared in the professional (Cappelli, 1999; Hall and Associates, 1996) and popular (Bridges, 1994) literatures. Although some skepticism about the presumed demise of the traditional, organizational career remains ...

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