Building career capital: Helping workers to enhance career mobility in uncertain times

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Wond, Tracey and Brown, Cathy 2019. Building career capital: Helping workers to enhance career mobility in uncertain times. Journal for Perspectives of Economic Political and Social Integretion. https://doi.org/10.18290/pepsi-2019-0001
AuthorsWond, Tracey and Brown, Cathy
Abstract

There is evidence that organisational career role holders are changing roles more frequently. Despite this, career theories such as the career capital lens have so far neglected this role transition context. By adopting the lens of career capital theory specifically, this paper explores what aspects of career capital roleholders need to facilitate their own voluntary, sideward or upward role transitions. Drawing upon an interpretivist approach and using event-based narrative interviews, this study explores the experiences of 36 business leaders who have undertaken a recent role transition within a large UK construction business. By applying this novel career capital lens, the paper empirically characterises those aspects of career capital important to internal role transitions and com-pares it to existing mainstream career capital theory. The study is original in that career capital has not been applied before in this increasingly importanttransition context. Surprisingly, whilst the study demonstrates that career capital eases transitions, it also recognises a ‘dark side’ – career capital aspects that hinder internal movement.

Keywordscareer capital; role transitions; career mobility
Year2019
JournalJournal for Perspectives of Economic Political and Social Integretion
PublisherSciendo
ISSN17333911
23000945
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.18290/pepsi-2019-0001
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/624447
hdl:10545/624447
Publication dates17 Jan 2019
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Deposited05 Feb 2020, 09:33
Accepted17 Dec 2018
ContributorsUniversity of Derby and Evolve Consulting Services
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