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The boundaryless career at 20: where do we stand, and where can we go?

Michael B. Arthur (Sawyer School of Management, Suffok University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 7 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to reflect on a broad body of work that responds to the boundaryless career concept, first introduced in 1993, and to anticipate new theory-building and research.

Design/methodology/approach

Covers the origination of the concept, its meaning and definition, the underlying influence of an earlier group of careers scholars from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the importance of an interdisciplinary perspective.

Findings

Identifies three categories of activity – involving internal debates, fresh theoretical contributions, and new collaborative opportunities – that have occurred citing boundaryless career scholarship.

Research limitations/implications

Suggests how scholars can build on the legacy of both organizational and boundaryless careers research in their future work.

Originality/value

Links between foundational MIT work on careers, boundaryless careers and current debates to suggests future research directions.

Keywords

Acknowledgements

The author is indebted to Lotte Bailyn, Katharina Chudzikowski, Françoise Dany, Tim Hall, Svetlana Khapova and Marijke Verbruggen for their comments on an earlier version of this paper.

Citation

B. Arthur, M. (2014), "The boundaryless career at 20: where do we stand, and where can we go?", Career Development International, Vol. 19 No. 6, pp. 627-640. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-05-2014-0068

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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