Help us but help yourself: The paradox of contemporary career management

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Title Help us but help yourself: The paradox of contemporary career management
Author Thite, Mohan
Journal Name Career Development International
Editor Dr Stephen Gibb
Year Published 2001
Place of publication UK
Publisher Emerald
Abstract Today's boundary-less and knowledge-based economy with its focus on learning organization delivers a contradictory message to employees in managing their careers. On the one hand, contemporary organizations expect and demand that employees adopt a lifelong learning approach, be global-oriented, successfully manage the dynamics of diversity in the work and marketplace, work in self-directed teams, develop a feel for and rapid response to fast changing customer expectations and so on. On the other hand, organizations are silent on the question of who is going to bear the enormous cost of ongoing technical and behavioral training that the employees need to successfully manage in a global village. While today individuals accept the fact that they can no more expect the organizations to provide them lifelong, full-time and stable careers, they would certainly prefer not to work for organizations that adopt the “help us but help yourself” attitude to career management. This paper discusses the implications of this paradox on the career management process at the organizational level and reviews best practice scenarios.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.emeraldinsight.com/1362-0436.htm
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000005986
Volume 6
Issue Number 6
Page from 312
Page to 317
ISSN 1362-0436
Date Accessioned 2002-04-22
Date Available 2009-09-25T04:45:45Z
Language en_AU
Subject PRE2009-Human Resources Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/3676
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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