This paper furthers our understanding of careers by going beyond their predominant depiction as individual undertakings and advancing insights on collective careers. In particular, it defines a new career construct at the intersection of agency and communion the shared career- as the co-evolving sequence of work collaboration and jointly pursued career opportunities by two or more career actors. Further, it puts forward a conceptual life cycle model of shared careers with supporting illustrations. Finally, it articulates how focusing on shared careers could open up avenues for the advancement of research on boundaryless careers.

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Svejenova Velikova, Silviya; Vives De Prada, Luis; Alvarez Alvarez, Jos Luis

At the crossroads of agency and communion: Defining the shared career

07/2010
itemDefault This paper furthers our understanding of careers by going beyond their predominant depiction as individual undertakings and advancing insights on collective careers. In particular, it defines a new career construct at the intersection of agency and communion the shared career- as the co-evolving sequence of work collaboration and jointly pursued career opportunities by two or more career actors. Further, it puts forward a conceptual life cycle model of shared careers with supporting illustrations. Finally, it articulates how focusing on shared careers could open up avenues for the advancement of research on boundaryless careers.
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At the crossroads of agency and communion: Defining the shared career
Svejenova Velikova, Silviya; Vives De Prada, Luis; Alvarez Alvarez, Jos Luis
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Vol. 31, n 5, 07/2010, p. 707 - 725

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