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As trajetorias de carreiras tradicionais estao dando passegem as proteanas? Um estudo com gereentes no setor public Australiano com foco em diferencas quanto ao genero ( Have traditional career paths given way to protean ones?: Evidence from senior managers in the Australian public sector)

McDonald, Paula K., Brown, Kerry A. , & Bradley, Lisa M. (2011) As trajetorias de carreiras tradicionais estao dando passegem as proteanas? Um estudo com gereentes no setor public Australiano com foco em diferencas quanto ao genero ( Have traditional career paths given way to protean ones?: Evidence from senior managers in the Australian public sector). In Kilimnik, Zelia (Ed.) Transformacoes e transicoes nas carreiras: estudos nacionais e internacionais sobre o tema. Qualitymark, Rio de Janeiro, pp. 163-193.

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    Abstract

    Purpose – This mixed-method study aims to determine the extent to which the career paths of senior managers conform with the traditional versus protean elements described in the careers literature and whether these paths vary by gender. Design/methodology/approach – A total of 15 senior managers (seven women and eight men) in a large public sector agency in Australia were interviewed about their career trajectories to date. Data were coded according to four major areas which characterise and distinguish between traditional and protean careers: development, orientation of the employee, definition of success, and organisational environment. A total of 81 managers (34 women and 47 men) from the same organisation were also surveyed. Variables of interest were those that could be triangulated with qualitative data such as the availability of career opportunities. Findings – Results suggest that, contrary to much existing literature which proposes that all careers have been fundamentally altered, the traditional career which relies on length of service, geographic mobility and a steady climb up the corporate ladder, is still the dominant model in some organisations. However, the trend towards protean careers is evident and is more pronounced for women than for men. Research limitations/implications – The specific nature of the organisation (large, male-dominated, public sector) may limit the generalisability of results. Practical implications – The framework used to explore career paths according to traditional/ protean elements in this study may assist human resource practitioners to develop appropriate strategies which maximise the professional development of employees. Originality/value – The results of this research challenge the universality of change in the nature of careers, particularly in public sector environments.

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    ID Code: 52801
    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Additional Information: Originally Published as: McDonald, Paula K., Brown, Kerry A., & Bradley, Lisa M. (2005) Have traditional career paths given way to protean ones?: Evidence from senior managers in the Australian public sector. Career Development International, 10(2), pp. 109-129. Eprint: http://eprints.qut.edu.au/10687/
    Keywords: Australia, Career Development, Careers, Public Sector Organizations, Skills Flexibility
    ISBN: 978-85-7303-979-5
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
    Current > Schools > School of Management
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Qualitymark.
    Deposited On: 27 Jul 2012 16:40
    Last Modified: 31 Jul 2012 13:45

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