The Boundaryless Career: A New Employment Principle for a New Organizational Era

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Michael Bernard Arthur, Denise M. Rousseau
Oxford University Press, 2001 - Business & Economics - 394 pages
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Organizational restructuring and global, hypercompetition have revolutionized careers and destroyed the traditional blueprint for advancement and career success. This book details the new forms work takes in the new organizational era where worker mobility has become critical to the well-being and learning of both people and firms.
The Boundaryless Career approaches the new principle of the boundaryless career in five directions. The first section helps the reader explore the nature of boundaryless careers by highlighting some of their essential elements. The second section turns to competitive advantage and the role of workers' knowledge. The thirs section concentrates on the role of the social structure in the organizing of work. The fourth section turns to focus on how boundaryless careers affect personal development and growth. The fifth section addresses the demands boundaryless careers create for schools, communities, and other social institutions. Introductory and concluding chapters by the editors offer frameworks for conceptualizing careers now and in the future.
The Boundaryless Career provides a conceptual map of new career and employment forms to the prospective benefit of people making career choices, companies re-crafting human resource practices, schools and universities re-considering their roles, and policy-makers concerned with regional or national competitiveness. It will be essential reading for scholars in a range of social science disciplines spanning themes of economics, management, education, organizational behavior, and the psychology and sociology of work. It will also appeal broadly to free thinkers interested in the changing nature of careers and employment as both people and firms tackle the realities of increasingly open markets and global competition.
 

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Contents

Introduction The Boundaryless Career as a New Employment Principle
3
EXPLORING THE NATURE OF BOUNDARYLESS CAREERS
21
Beyond Boundaries Open Labor Markets and Learning in Silicon Valley
23
Enactment and the Boundaryless Career Organizing as We Work
40
Careers in Project Networks The Case of the Film Industry
58
Careers Change as Organizations Learn
76
THE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES OF KNOWLEDGE BASED IN BOUNDARYLESS CAREERS
95
TwentyFirstCentury Careers
97
The Rhetoric of BoundarylessOr How the Newly Empowered Managerial Class Bought into Its Own Marginalization
218
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH ALONG THE BOUNDARYLESS CAREER PATH
235
Psychological Success and the Boundaryless Career
237
Challenging the Last Boundary Reconnecting Work and Family
256
Mentoring and the Boundaryless Career Lessons from the Minority Experience
268
Feminization at Work Career Implications
282
SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE NEW ORGANIZATIONAL ERA
295
The Bounded Career and the Demise of the Civil Society
297

Boundaryless Contexts and Careers A CompetencyBased Perspective
116
Prometheus Stretches Building Identity and Cumulative Knowledge in Multiemployer Careers
132
Careers as Repositories of Knowledge Considerations for Boundaryless Careers
150
THE SOCIAL STRUCTURE OF BOUNDARYLESS CAREERS
169
Subjectivism Discovery and Boundaryless Careers An Austrian Perspective
171
Boundaryless Careers and Social Capital
187
Global Boundary less Careers Lessons from Chinese Family Businesses
201
CommunityBased Careers and Economic Virtue Arming Disarming and Rearming the Springfield Western Massachusetts Metalworking Region
314
Occupations Organizations and Boundaryless Careers
331
Moving In Up or Out Tournaments and Other Institutional Signals of Career Attainments
350
Conclusion A Lexicon for the New Organizational Era
370
Index
383
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Michael B. Arthur is at Suffolk University. Denise M. Rousseau is at Carnegie Mellon University.

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