2 Overview The Individual & the Organisation Schein’s theory of Organisational CareerThe Psychological Contract Model of the Career Management systempsychological contractingidentity process theoryWomen, careers and the work/family interfaceMinority group careersFuture directions
3 Schein (1971) Theory of the Organisational Career The ‘organisational career’ is about how individuals move through an organisation.Individuals (micro-level) ~ Organisation (macro-level)‘Career’ denotes a decision making process regarding who to move, when, how and at what speed.The Self is conceptualised as ‘socially constructed’ - an actor whose behaviour/roles are influenced by the socio-cultural demands of the organisation.Analysis of organisational careers uses concepts of:structural variables (the stable elements of the organisation)process variables (org. ~ indv’l via ‘socialisation’ + indv’l ~ org. via ‘innovation’)
4 Schein’s ‘Structural Variables’ Individuals move along 3 dimensions, movement controlled by boundaries :Hierarchical boundaries (vertical levels)Inclusion boundaries (centrality)Functional boundaries (dept, functional gp)Types of movement :Vertical (across hierarchical boundaries)Radical (across inclusion boundaries)Circumferential (across functional boundaries)ADAPTION + SOCIALISATION >>> ‘SELF’
5 Schein’s ‘Process Variables’ Career Movement is a repetitive process, each incorporating 3 broad stagesLearning/Socialisation (N.B. Organisational subcultures)PerformanceObsolescence or Learning New SkillsCareer = sequence of ‘boundary passages’Sources of career problems relate to boundary movementsi.e.career movement is in one direction (i.e. lateral)inability to gain acceptance, thus centrality to new groupsub-culture norms are incompatible with the organisation’s
6 Schein’s ‘Career Process’ hypotheses : Organisational socialisation will occur primarily in connection with the passage through hierarchical and inclusion boundaries, efforts at education and training will occur primarily with passage through functional boundariesInnovation (the individual's influence on the org.) will occur in the middle of a given stage of the career, at a maximum distance from past or future boundary passageThe process of socialisation (the org’s influence on the individual) will be more prevalent in early stages of the org career; innovation more prevalent in later stages - although it is possible both will be present in all stagesSocialisation will involve the unstable social selves, innovation will involve the stable social selvesChanges in stable social selves from socialisation will occur under coercive persuasion.
7 Evaluation of Schein’s model Useful heuristic for understanding the reciprocity of influence between the individual and the organisationRaises the notion that pursuit of a career requires self-reflection.Perception of ‘boundaries’ used as a basis for research into ‘glass ceiling’, psychological contracting etc.Other, related ‘organisational career’ theoriesKanter (1989) Entrepreneurial Careers (new values/org. capacity)Gunz (1989) Routes through an organisationBUTAssumes only one type of organisation (static, hierarchical)Socialisation is a one-way processRole Innovation Vs Organisational InnovationIs descriptive, not predictive, with regard to Movement
8 Characteristics of a ‘Psychological Contract’ Psychological Contract Model of Career Management (Herriot, 1992; Herriot & Pemberton, 1996)Psychological Contract : ‘the beliefs and expectations individuals hold about the nature of the ‘exchange relationship’ between themselves and the organisation’Psychological Contracting : ‘the invisible glue that binds individuals to the organisation over time’ (Herriot, 1992)Characteristics of a ‘Psychological Contract’They are generally implicitThey undergo continual re-negotiation over time‘Organisational Career’ is ‘the sequence of renegotiations of the psychological contract which the individual and organisation conduct during the period of that individual’s employment’Psychological Contract is the key interfacing concept between the individual and the organisation
9 Herriot (1992); Herriot & Pemberton (1996) continued... Changes in organisations (less hierarchical, fewer ‘jobs for life’) has impacted upon the contractual balance (i.e. benefits to individual Vs. organisation) of the psychological contract >>> ‘psychological deals’How can an organisation continually adapt to its environment, yet maintain its central continuity?Herriot (1992) suggests org’s should operate within two overarching frameworks :Diversity of Valuesdifferent career anchors, temporal changes in values (life-stage, career stage)Psychological ContractingIndividuals and Organisations take each other’s needs and viewpoints into consideration
10 Herriot (1992); Herriot & Pemberton (1996) continued... How an organisation can manage employees’ psychological contracts :career audits - expectations & beliefsprovide info. systems about internal vacancies & their requirementscareer counselling (career anchors)work shadowingmentoring schemes (aid socialisation)development opportunities (nurturing expertise, not just professional expertise)systems geared to individual needs (part-time, job share, career breaks, child-care, paternity leave, secondments)
11 Herriot (1992); Herriot & Pemberton (1996) continued... Conditions required for satisfactory psychological contractingfull knowledge of terms & conditions of employmentaccurate representation of the current ‘situation’ by both partiesneither party should be coerced or put under duressneither party should be expected to commit an immoral act as a consequence of the contractSuccessful psychological contracting >>> impacts on human resource strategy (active participation and collaboration of ALL employees in support of the strategic business plan)
12 Women & CareersAssumptions about Women & Work in ‘traditional’ career literaturewomen are fundamentally different from men in their interface with the workplace (Gallos, 1989); they do not pursue a ‘career’Work and organisational life seen to be more central to the male identity than females’ (females priorities being non-economic i.e. domestic)Women interface with the workplace in a transactional terms (short-term, supplementary relationships to central ‘domestic’ role); men’s interface is relationalThere are differences between sexes in careers, because men and women are intrinsically different in their basic needs and interests (Bakan, 1966; Chodorow, 1978)Women : affiliative Vs Men : upward progression, status, power
13 rapid changes in educational policy - more women are highly educated >>> more women in skilled/professional roles (Nicholson & West, 1988)blurring of boundaries between home and work (teleworking)blurring of traditional ‘male’ and ‘female’ roles.Smaller families, more labour saving household devices >>> reduced need for ‘home-maker’
14 Research on Womens’ Careers Very little done!Women as ‘honorary men’ : Millward & Brewerton (in press) : psychological contracts of full-time female Vs male workers (5 orgs). Found females were largely relational.Women are more heterogeneous in employment patterns and biographical profiles than men (Hakim, 1996)The extent to which work is the primary source of identity for women may depend on the extent to which they can reconcile needs with the masculine nature of organisational responsibilities (David & Hearn, 1996)Different kinds of jobs afford different ‘identities’.... Tajfel (1978) ‘Social Identity Theory’ : Individuals identify with groups and organisations partly to enhance self-esteem >>>> high profile women in male dominated professions often develop attitudes, needs and values on a par with male counterparts (Terborg, 1977).
15 Work~Family Interface Work~Family interface critical to understanding ‘career’ (thus developmental perspectives on career development also relevant)Emphasis in early literature on (a) description and (b) problem-focused (identifying adjustment and interface difficulties)Dual Career Families (Hall & Hall, 1979)Where both partners in a relationship are in pursuit of career development. Issue : children!Sequential Career - man continues, woman either (a) stops pursing career, looks after children (b) career break (c) pursues career after childrenSimultaneous Career - man and woman continue careers and have children >>> stress from allocation of home tasks.
16 Hall & Hall (1980) : Home Task Allocation Patterns Each party is highly involved in different spheres (e.g. woman at home, man at work)Each party is highly involved in their own career without concern for perfection in the home domain (e.g. employ nannies, cleaners)Each party is highly involved in their own career, and wants the other person to do more at homeEach party is highly involved in both home and workBenefits of Dual Careers (Rosin, 1990)Greater financial securityChildren have role models of both sexesMen - alternative source of success and satisfaction outside of workShare experiences with partner :similar career/life stagesNB. Redefine ‘career success’
17 Minority Group Careers Thomas & Alderfer, 1989 : very little research, as minority groups excluded from managerial/professional careers (focus of traditional careers literature)Organisations are not meritocracies (Tharenou, 1997)Wells & Jennings (1983) : processes by which minority employees are prevented from attaining higher org levels‘white entitlement’ - mgmt insistence of right to control resource allocation, perpetuating privilege.‘scandalous paradox’ - minority employee who achieves is seen as scandalous; achievements are illegitimate‘legitimist impulse’ - status anxiety and fear of mgmt that their ‘rightful’ position is being undermined.Small amount of research conducted focuses almost exclusively on Black Americans.
18 The Future...Both objective and subjective faces of ‘career’ are essential to its analysis; subjective increasingly more relevantObjective notions of career still predominate perceptions of ‘career success’, but alternatives are being contemplatedIncreasingly flexible, fluid org structures allow more opportunity for employees to ‘make’ their own career. But, increased autonomy and personal responsibility for careers are coupled with less securityNeed for further interdisciplinary research into the concept of career & career development (i.e. sociology, economics..)Need for further research on women, minority groups, non-managerial/non-professional careers.
19 Additional References Davidson, M.J. (1997). The Black and Ethnic Minority Woman Manager : Cracking the concrete ceiling. Paul Chapman Publishing, London. [ ]Haslett, B., Geis, F.L., Carter, M.R. (1996). The Organizational Woman : Power and paradox. Ablex Publishing Corporation, New Jersey. [ ]Mayo, A. (1991) Managing Careers :Strategies for organizations. IPM, London [ ]