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My company or my career: managerial achievement and loyalty

Wajcman, Judy and Martin, Bill (2001) My company or my career: managerial achievement and loyalty. British Journal of Sociology, 52 (4). pp. 559-578. ISSN 0007-1315

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00071310120084472


This article examines the objective and subjective aspects of managerial careers in six large firms that have experienced organizational restructuring. We begin by assessing the dominant models of change in career structures, particularly those which emphasize the 'portfolio' route to career success. Although elements of the bureaucratic career remain, we find some evidence of the shift predicted by these models amongst the younger generation of managers. However, it is striking that not all young managers are able to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the new career model. Indeed, cultural capital has an increasing impact on career achievement. Younger managers are responding by reorienting away from organizational loyalty towards a concern with individual career projects.

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Additional Information: © 2001 London School of Economics and Political Science
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2010 15:35
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 01:42

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