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


  • Arthur, Michael B.
    (Suffolk University)

  • Rousseau, Denise M.
    (Carnegie Mellon University)


Including contributions from leading scholars at Harvard Business School, Yale, and MIT's Sloan School of Management, this book explores the ways that careers have changed for workers as their firms reorganize to meet global competition. As firms re-engineer, downsize, enter into strategic alliances with other firms, and find other ways to reduce costs, they frequently lay off workers. Job security has been replaced by insecurity and workers have been forced to take charge of their own career development in ways they have never done before. The contributors to the book analyse the implications for these workers, who now have "boundaryless careers". While many find the challenge rewarding as they find new opportunities for growth, others are finding it difficult to adapt to new jobs in new locations. The book looks at policy issues that can provide safety nets for those who are not able to find a place in the new world of boundaryless careers.

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  • Arthur, Michael B. & Rousseau, Denise M. (ed.), 1996. "The Boundaryless Career: A New Employment Principle for a New Organizational Era," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780195100143.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780195100143

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