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The perception of career success depends on the cultural and institutional environment in a specific country (School of Economics and Business)

Publish Date: 09.12.2020

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This was found in an international study by the 5C consortium in which Assoc. Prof. Dr. Robert Kaše played a major part. The study establishes an important basis for an emerging field of research dealing with international comparative aspects of careers.

The article based on this study is the result of many years of work in the international research consortium 5C, “Cross-Cultural Collaboration on Contemporary Careers”, whose primary purpose is to examine the differences in perceptions of careers around the world. Dr. Robert Kaše, Associate Professor of Management and Organisation at the School of Economics and Business of the University of Ljubljana, joined the consortium from Slovenia. The article examines how people in different countries perceive career success in relation to the cultural-institutional environment in which they are embedded. An innovative methodological approach is employed that combines the network analysis technique developed at the University of Ljubljana and a qualitative comparative analysis (QCA).

Using the theory of the influence of institutions in an analysis of data from 13 countries and assessment of data significance, the article proposes four archetypes of the perception of subjective career success linked to typical configurations of institutional factors in the environment. The article establishes an important basis for an emerging field of research dealing with international comparative aspects of careers. In addition, the article is a clear example of the benefits and challenges of a highly inclusive process in an international research consortium.

Source: KAŠE, Robert, DRIES, Nicky, BRISCOE, Jon P., COTTON, Richard D., APOSPORI, Eleni, BAGDADLI, Silvia, ÇAKMAK-OTLUOĞLU, K. Ővgű, CHUDZIKOWSKI, Katharina, DYSVIK, Anders, GIANECCHINI, Martina, SAXENA, Richa, SHEN, Yan, VERBRUGGEN, Marijke, ADELEYE, Ifedapo, BABALOLA, Olusegun, CASADO, Tania, CERDIN, Jean-Luc, KIM, Najung, KUMAR MISHRA, Sushanta, UNITE, Julie, FEI, Zhangfeng. Career success schemas and their contextual embeddedness: a comparative configurational perspective. Human resource management journal, ISSN 0954-5395, Spec. ed., Jul. 2020, vol. 30, iss. 3, pp. 422-440.

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