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

Paperback | June 29, 2001

EditorMichael B. Arthur, Denise M. Rousseau

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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-beingand 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 ofworkers' 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 ornational 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 changingnature of careers and employment as both people and firms tackle the realities of increasingly open markets and global competition.

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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-beingand learning of both people and firms. The...

Michael B. Arthur is at Suffolk University. Denise M. Rousseau is at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:June 29, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195149580

ISBN - 13:9780195149586

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Contributors1. Michael B. Arthur and Denise M. Rousseau: Introduction: The Boundaryless Career as a New Employment PrincipleI. Exploring the Nature of Boundaryless Careers2. AnnaLe Saxenian: Beyond Boundaries: Open Labor Markets and Learning in Silicon Valley3. Karl E. Weick: Enactment and the Boundaryless Career: Organizing as We Work4. Candace Jones: Careers in Project Networks: The Case of the Film Industry5. David F. Robinson and Anne S. Miner: Careers Change as Organizations LearnII. The Competitive Advantages of Knowledge Based in Boundaryless Careers6. Raymond E. iles and Charles C. Snow: 7. Robert J. DeFillippi and Michael B. Arthur: Boundaryless Contextx and Careers: A Competency-Based Perspective8. Ted Baker and Howard E. Aldrich: Prometheus Stretches: Building Identity and Cumulative Knowledge in Multiemployer Careers9. Allan Bird: Careers as Repositories of Knowledge: Considerations for Boundaryless CareersIII THe Social Structure of Boundaryless Careers10. Jerry Ellig and Tojo Joseph Thatchenkery: Subjectivism, Discovery, and Boundaryless Careers: An Austrian Perspective11. Holly J. Raider and Ronald S. Burt: Boundaryless Careers and Social Capital12. Cherlyn Skromme Granrose and Bee Leng Chua: Global Boundaryless Careers: Lessons from Chinese Family Businesses13. Paul M. Hirsch and Mark Shanley: The Rhetoric of Boundaryless - Or, How the Newly Empowered Managerial Class Brought into Its Own MarginalizationIV. Personal Development and Growth along the Boundaryless Career Path14. Philip H. Mirvis and Douglas T. Hall: Psychological Success and the Boundaryless Career15. Joyce K. Fletcher and Lotte Bailyn: Challenging the Last Boundary: Reconnecting Work and Family16. David Thomas and Monica Higgins: Mentoring and the Boundaryless Career: Lessons from the Minority Experience17. Nanette Fondas: Feminization at Work: Career ImplicationsV. Social Institutions in the New Organizational Era18. Charles Perrow: The Bounded Career and the Demise of the Civil Society19. Michael H. Best and Robert Forrant: Community-Based Careers and Economic Virtue: Arming, Disarming, and Rearming the Springfield, Western Massachusetts, Metalworking Region20. Pamela S. Tolbert: Occupations, Organizations, and Boundaryless Careers21. James E. Rosenbaum and Shazia Rafullah Miller: Moving In, Up, or Out: Tournaments and Other Institutional Signals of Career Attainments22. Mchael B. Arthur and Denise M. Rousseau: Conclusion: A Lexicon for the New Organizational EraIndex

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",,,an important source for those exploring career theory, network analysis, organizational learning, and industry evolution."--Administrative Science Quarterly