By Julie Ann McMullin, Victor W. Marshall
The case stories and analyses built during this well timed ebook supply perception into the structural gains of small- and medium-sized organizations within the info know-how zone, and the results of those good points for the careers of people that are hired by way of them. utilizing examine performed in Australia, Canada, England and the U.S., the members discover how contributors deal with their paid paintings inside of agencies which are suffering to outlive and compete in worldwide economies. The ebook discusses the tensions that come up as employees and proprietors fight for private and enterprise survival, procedures which are usually contradictory and sometimes produce clash. the corporations during this examine exhibit how the nature of the small, New financial system is altering the connection among employers and staff in more and more major methods. A commonly overseas viewers of students, scholars, human source pros and policymakers in company, public coverage, economics and sociology will locate this publication of serious curiosity.
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Some purveyors of career advice claim that “jobs” are increasingly obsolete; instead, people will perform tasks on a project-by-project basis under short-term contracts’. She went on to note that ‘The software and related knowledge industries are inventing a new kind of career with profound implications for the way we work and live’. Kanter’s observation covers only one aspect of IT sector work, where the concept of career, and its relationship to jobs, has developed a much broader meaning. In this chapter we explore these issues through a comparative study of IT workers in small and medium sized enterprises—the social location where traditional careers are probably at greatest risk.
An organization that links jobs in this way, offering an internal labor market, and providing security in both the position and the prospects of advancement for incumbents, can boast that it offers its employees careers in Wilensky’s sense of the term. Careers are thus properties of social structure but they are also pathways followed by individuals. At the individual level, one can imagine a person starting at the bottom of such a hierarchy and ‘making a career’ by progressively moving up through the ranks.
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Aging and Working in the New Economy: Changing Career Structures in Small It Firms by Julie Ann McMullin, Victor W. Marshall