Career success across 11 countries: implications for international human resource management

Y. Shen, B. Demel, J. Unite, J. P. Briscoe, D. T. Hall, K. Chudzikowski, W. Mayrhofer, R. Abdul-Ghani, B. Bogicevic Milikic, O. Colorado, Z. Fei, M. Las Heras, E. Ogliastri, A. Pazy, J. M L Poon, D. Shefer, Mami Taniguchi, J. Zikic

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Abstract

This qualitative study examines perceived meanings of career success across 11 countries. The results show that people define career success in ways that enrich and illuminate the basic dichotomy of objective and subjective career success and establish their relative strengths across countries. Juxtaposing our data with human resource management (HRM) practices, we contribute to the universalist versus contextualist debate in HRM by adding the career management angle. We shed light on the relative importance of cultural and institutional factors for HRM in the area of careers and add a global perspective to the discussion about agentic careers. In our discussion we offer practical suggestions for multinational companies including how to individualize HRM to address diverse views of career success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1753-1778
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume26
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 20

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Keywords

  • agentic careers
  • career success
  • cross-cultural comparison
  • qualitative study
  • universalist versus contextualist HRM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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Shen, Y., Demel, B., Unite, J., Briscoe, J. P., Hall, D. T., Chudzikowski, K., Mayrhofer, W., Abdul-Ghani, R., Bogicevic Milikic, B., Colorado, O., Fei, Z., Las Heras, M., Ogliastri, E., Pazy, A., Poon, J. M. L., Shefer, D., Taniguchi, M., & Zikic, J. (2015). Career success across 11 countries: implications for international human resource management. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26(13), 1753-1778. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2014.962562