Careers are studied across many disciplines - particularly from the social sciences - but there is little conversation between them. Many scholars are studying the same thing in different ways, too often missing opportunities to learn from one another and draw on each other's ideas and findings to enrich their own. Gunz and Mayrhofer bridge these scholarly discourses as they explore the meaning of 'career' and answer the question: what is it that career scholars do when they study careers? The framework that emerges from this answer - the Social Chronology Framework (SCF) - vitally facilitates valuable conversations between scholars in different intellectual traditions. Building on the SCF framework, this comprehensive introduction to career studies encourages students, researchers and practitioners to identify commonalities between the topics they are studying and those examined in other fields, such as organization studies, drawing together interdisciplinary insights into career outcomes and their influencing factors.
Table of Contents
Figures; Tables; Preface; Part I. Point of Departure: 1. Establishing the need for the Social Chronology Framework; 2. Exploring career as a concept; Part II. The Social Chronology Framework (SCF): 3. The three perspectives and their view of career; 4. A heuristic model of career; 5. Exploring the architectonics of the SCF; Part III. Putting the SCF to work: 6. Facilitating conversations within career studies; 7. Stimulating cumulative research within career studies; 8. Bringing ideas in from organization studies; 9. Contributing to organization studies; Part IV. Conclusion: 10. Taking the SCF forward; References.