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Responsible careers: systematic reflexivity in shifting landscapes

Tams, S and Marshall, J (2011) Responsible careers: systematic reflexivity in shifting landscapes. Human Relations, 64 (1). pp. 109-131. ISSN 0018-7267

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    Abstract

    This article examines responsible careers, in which people seek to have an impact on societal challenges such as environmental sustainability and social justice. We propose a dynamic model of responsible careers based on studying 32 individuals in the emerging organizational fields of corporate responsibility, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, and social investing. We describe six career practices – expressing self, connecting to others, constructing contribution, institutionalizing, field shaping, and engaging systemically. Observations suggest that development of these practices is influenced by four learning dynamics: people’s perceptions of ‘shifting landscapes’ in which they seek to orient themselves, exploration and both biographical and systemic reflexivity. Our interdisciplinary and empirically grounded approach, integrating psychological intentions and institutional context, strengthens theorizing about responsible careers. The proposed model depicts responsible careers as continually evolving, sometimes precarious, and as dynamically enacted in relation to pluralist, shifting landscapes.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Human Relations
    Uncontrolled Keywords: business in society ; careers ; charities/not-for-profit organizations ; interdisciplinary ; learning ; reflexivity ; social change ; sustainability
    Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Learning & Leadership
    ID Code: 45524
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:33
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 19 Dec 2013 15:51
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/45524

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