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Work Careers: A Developmental Perspective

ISBN: 978-0-7879-5916-6
416 pages
October 2002, Pfeiffer
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Work Careers brings together a stellar panel of experts from the fields of industrial and organizational psychology, counseling and clinical psychology, social psychology, organizational behavior, and human resource management. This volume offers a comprehensive exploration of how an individual's career unfolds from early childhood through retirement. Based on the most recent findings and current research, the volume also focuses on changes in the societal and organizational contexts of career development and reveals how context shapes and constrains individual career decisions.
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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Neal Schmitt

Preface xv

The Contributors xix

Part One: Foundations of Career Development

1 Stability in the Midst of Change: A Developmental Perspective on the Study of Careers 3
Daniel C. Feldman

2 More than the Big Five: Personality and Careers 27
Jill C. Bradley, Arthur P. Brief, Jennifer M. George

3 Skill Acquisition and Person-Environment Fit 63
Cheri Ostroff, Yuhyung Shin, Barbara Feinberg

Part Two: Career Development Across the Life Span

4 When you come to a Fork in the Road, Take it: Career Indecision and Vocational Choices of Teenagers and Young Adults 93
Daniel C. Feldman

5 The School-to-Work Transition 126
Elizabeth Wolfe Morrison

6 The Establishment Years: A Dependence Perspective 159
Terri A. Scandura

7 Career Development in Midcareer 186
Harvey L. Sterns, Linda M. Subich

8 Career Issues Facing Older Workers 214
Terry A. Beehr, Nathan A. Bowling

Part Three: The Changing Context of Career Development

9 Public Policy and the Changing Legal Context of Career Development 245
Jon M. Werner

10 The Changing Organizational Context of Careers 274
Carrie R. Leana

11 International Careers as Repositories of Knowledge: A New Look at Expatriation 294
Gregory K. Stephens, Allan Bird, Mark E. Mendenhall

Part Four: Directions for Industrial/Organizational Practice and Research

12 Organizational Assistance in Career Development 323
Manuel London

13 Advancing Research on Work Careers: A Developmental Perspective on Theory Building and Empirical Research 346
Daniel C. Feldman

Name Index 373

Subject Index 385

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Author Information

Daniel C. Feldman (Ph.D., Yale University) is the James Bradley Distinguished Foundation Fellow at the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Management, the associate editor of Human Resource Management, and the consulting editor for the Journal of Organizational Behavior.
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" offers a comprehensive exploration of how an individual's career unfolds from early childhood through to retirement " (Business a.m, 3 December 2002)
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