This paper seeks to explore claims about the changing nature of careers by focusing on how information technology (IT) workers enact careers in the context of Nigeria. The theoretical framework guiding this research is that societal context (social structure and institutions) has an influence on the career patterns exhibited by individuals.
This study adopted a qualitative research approach, which involved semi‐structured interviews with 30 IT workers.
Analysis of the findings indicates that the career trajectory of these workers conforms in part with the traditional view of hierarchical and progressive careers and partly with recent models of the boundaryless career. In order to capture a more contextual understanding, and based on findings from this research which highlight both the dynamic and the reactive nature of the careers of IT workers in Nigeria, the concept of the chameleon career isi ntroduced.
This research contributes the Nigerian context and perspective to the wider discourse on changing nature of careers.
Ituma, A. and Simpson, R. (2006), "The chameleon career: An exploratory study of the work biography of information technology workersin Nigeria", Career Development International, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 48-65. https://doi.org/10.1108/13620430610642372Download as .RIS
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