Responsible careers: systemic reflexivity in shifting landscapes


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

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    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 Articles
    CreatorsTams, S.and Marshall, J.
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    Uncontrolled Keywordssustainability,not-for-profit organizations,reflexivity,responsibility,charities,social change,learning,interdisciplinary,business in society,careers
    DepartmentsSchool of Management
    ID Code22901


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