Online citations, reference lists, and bibliographies.
Please confirm you are human
(Sign Up for free to never see this)
← Back to Search

Organisational Careers Versus Boundaryless Careers: Insights From The Accounting Profession

Theresa Smith, A. Sheridan
Published 2006 · Sociology

Save to my Library
Download PDF
Analyze on Scholarcy
Share
Much of careers research in recent times has focused on the so called move away from traditional ‘organisational careers’ to what Arthur (1994) coined the ‘boundaryless career’. This paper discusses research that challenges the applicability of the boundaryless career and the claim that ‘organisational careers are dead’. Drawing on interviews with nearly 60 accountants in Australia, the research demonstrates that employees are pursuing an organisational career. For this occupational group, the lack of proactive HR involvement in career development and the emphasis on self-direction was not appreciated. Rather, the research highlighted that the lack of organisational career management had negative implications for employee attitudes and motivation. The issues raised by the participants suggest it is timely to consider whether the unique characteristics of the accounting profession represent an ideal environment for the maintenance of an ‘organisational career’.
This paper references
10.1016/S0090-2616(98)90012-2
The new protean career contract: Helping organizations and employees adapt
D. Hall (1998)
10.1111/J.1748-8583.2003.TB00102.X
Labour scarcity and the survival of small firms: a resource‐based view of the road haulage industry
M. Marchington (2003)
Basics of qualitative research : techniques and procedures for developing grounded theory
A. Strauss (1998)
10.1108/09649420410518395
Accounting for change: professional status, gender disadvantage and self‐employment
S. Marlow (2004)
10.1002/JOB.4030150402
The boundaryless career: A new perspective for organizational inquiry
M. Arthur (1994)
10.5465/AME.1996.3145317
A Career Lexicon for the 21st Century
M. Arthur (1996)
10.1111/J.1748-8583.1996.TB00419.X
Transitions In the Psychological Contract: Some Evidence From the Banking Sector
P. Sparrow (1996)
10.1111/J.1748-8583.2003.TB00081.X
New or traditional careers? A study of UK graduates' preferences
Z. King (2003)
10.2307/2074814
Basics of qualitative research: Grounded theory procedures and techniques.
A. Strauss (1992)
10.2307/2393691
The Boundaryless Career: A New Employment Principle for a New Organizational Era
M. Arthur (2001)
10.1080/0958519032000080839
Challenges for the boundaryless career odyssey
J. Pringle (2003)
10.1080/03069880120085992
Don't leave me this way! A qualitative study of influences on the organisational commitment and turnover intentions of graduates early in their career
J. Sturges (2001)
The sociology of organisations
A. Bowey (1976)
10.1108/13620430510588329
Careers in Overlapping Institutional Contexts: The Case of Academe.
M. Kaulisch (2004)
An Investigation of the Relational Component of the Psychological Contract across Time, Generation, and Employment Status
K. P. D. Meuse (2001)
10.4135/9781412952675.n20
The boundaryless career
S. Tams (2006)



This paper is referenced by
Determinants of alternative career paths
M. Kovalenko (2011)
10.1080/09585192.2011.616527
Revealing the screening: organisational factors influencing the recruitment of immigrant professionals
S. Almeida (2012)
Transmission de la gastronomie française en Chine : entre carrière et transcendance, le cas du restaurant-école Institut Paul Bocuse de Shanghai
Nathalie Louisgrand (2016)
10.3390/ijerph15102238
Degree of Bacterial Contamination of Mobile Phone and Computer Keyboard Surfaces and Efficacy of Disinfection with Chlorhexidine Digluconate and Triclosan to Its Reduction
J. Koščová (2018)
Exploring careers in austerity through the lens of the kaleidoscope career model : the case of the Hellenic public sector
Maria Mouratidou (2016)
10.1002/JOB.564
Development and validation of an objective intra-organizational career success measure for managers
Nicky Dries (2009)
A qualitative multi-level examination of the factors influencing the career advancement of female managers in the Turkish banking sector : insights from three organisations
Didem Taser Erdogan (2019)
10.4236/JSS.2019.73001
Can Big Fish in a Small Pond Also Swim Happily? The Influence of Perceived Overqualification on Career Success
Yuanyuan Yu (2019)
10.1080/09585192.2016.1253033
How does a boundaryless mindset enhance expatriate job performance? The mediating role of proactive resource acquisition tactics and the moderating role of behavioural cultural intelligence
Shuming Zhao (2020)
10.1080/09585192.2012.697475
The organizational career: not dead but in need of redefinition
Marilyn J. Clarke (2013)
10.1177/0018726709103456
The `boundaryless' career and career boundaries: Applying an institutionalist perspective to ICT workers in the context of Nigeria
A. Ituma (2009)
10.1007/978-3-658-27723-9_19
Karriereentwicklung im Controlling
Johannes Thaller (2019)
10.25911/5D70F3C7864BC
Optimising professional life: a grounded theory of doctors' careers
L. M. Piko (2014)
10.1177/1360780418792431
Work and Intimacy: Reassessing the Career/Couple Norm through a Narrative Case Approach
Jesse Potter (2019)
Graduates, careers and career agency: What we know and what we need to know
J. Ferguson (2014)
10.1177/0170840611435600
Boundaryless Careers: Bringing Back Boundaries
Kerr Inkson (2012)
10.1017/S1833367200001802
The Essence of the Competence Concept: Adopting an Organization's Sustained Competitive Advantage Viewpoint
H. Chen (2010)
Patterns of Workplace Supervisory Roles: Experiences of Canadian Workers
R. Hiscott (2008)
Semantic Scholar Logo Some data provided by SemanticScholar