Work Careers: A Developmental Perspective / Edition 1

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Work Careers— the seventeenth book in the prestigious Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology's Organizational Frontiers Series— brings together in one comprehensive volume a panel of leading experts who explore the most recent psychological theories and up-to-date research on how careers develop at different stages of a person's work life.
This important resource focuses on the individual worker and offers a developmental perspective that links childhood and adolescent experiences with initial work values and preferences for work activities. Taking a chronological approach, the contributors analyze the basic building blocks of careers (personality traits, vocational interests, skills, and abilities) and explain how early experiences influence subsequent development of skill sets and career identities. They show how personal life issues interact with work demands and affect important career decisions. The book also reveals how changes in personal values and career interests change at different phases of the life cycle— childhood and adolescence, school-to-work transitions, early adulthood, mid-career, and late-career.
Work Careers examines how the careers of individuals evolve, not only in response to changing organizational contexts, but also in response to internal developmental needs as well. The book explores why individuals make the particular career choices they do and helps explain how changes in organizational context facilitate or frustrate individuals' developmental needs. At the same time, this volume explores the role of organizations and public policy in facilitating or impeding employees— developmental opportunities.
Finally, Work Careers explores the ever-evolving landscape of careers, including fundamental changes in job security, electronic commerce, and global business. The book also questions what it means to have a successful career and why individuals vary so greatly in how they experience their work. In short, Work Careers offers a wealth of information and analysis that can energize and guide both future research and innovative management practice in the area of career development.

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" offers a comprehensive exploration of how an individual's career unfolds from early childhood through to retirement " (Business a.m, 3 December 2002)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787959166
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/20/2002
  • Series: J-B SIOP Frontiers Series, #9
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel C. Feldman (Ph.D., Yale University) is the James Bradley Distinguished Foundation Fellow at the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Management, the associate editor of Human Resource Management, and the consulting editor for the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Neal Schmitt

Preface xv

The Contributors xix

Part One: Foundations of Career Development

1 Stability in the Midst of Change: A Developmental Perspective on the Study of Careers 3
Daniel C. Feldman

2 More than the Big Five: Personality and Careers 27
Jill C. Bradley, Arthur P. Brief, Jennifer M. George

3 Skill Acquisition and Person-Environment Fit 63
Cheri Ostroff, Yuhyung Shin, Barbara Feinberg

Part Two: Career Development Across the Life Span

4 When you come to a Fork in the Road, Take it: Career Indecision and Vocational Choices of Teenagers and Young Adults 93
Daniel C. Feldman

5 The School-to-Work Transition 126
Elizabeth Wolfe Morrison

6 The Establishment Years: A Dependence Perspective 159
Terri A. Scandura

7 Career Development in Midcareer 186
Harvey L. Sterns, Linda M. Subich

8 Career Issues Facing Older Workers 214
Terry A. Beehr, Nathan A. Bowling

Part Three: The Changing Context of Career Development

9 Public Policy and the Changing Legal Context of Career Development 245
Jon M. Werner

10 The Changing Organizational Context of Careers 274
Carrie R. Leana

11 International Careers as Repositories of Knowledge: A New Look at Expatriation 294
Gregory K. Stephens, Allan Bird, Mark E. Mendenhall

Part Four: Directions for Industrial/Organizational Practice and Research

12 Organizational Assistance in Career Development 323
Manuel London

13 Advancing Research on Work Careers: A Developmental Perspective on Theory Building and Empirical Research 346
Daniel C. Feldman

Name Index 373

Subject Index 385

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