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Contemporary career concepts and their fit for the Arabian Gulf context: A sector level analysis of psychological contract breach

Ingo Forstenlechner (El Ein University, El Ein, United Arab Emirates)
Yehuda Baruch (NEOMA Business School, Mont-Saint-Aignan, France)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 25 November 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The contemporary nature of careers has changed significantly in Western societies, yet studies on the nature of this change in different cultures are sparse. The aim of this paper is to explore how career theories and concepts from Western origin fit the Middle East, particularly within the emerging Arabian Gulf economy, putting in context explanatory propositions expanding the Western view of career theory and applying it to the environment of a rapidly changing society.

Design/methodology/approach

This research uses a conceptual analysis approach.

Findings

Owing to demographic changes, and increasing awareness of the societal, economic and political concerns, the country cannot maintain that implicit promise. The old psychological contract has been breached as the country cannot keep offering similar jobs to the growing number of young people entering the labour market.

Originality/value

This paper is the first aiming to explain emerging Middle Eastern countries' labour markets in their entirety, using existing Western career theories and concepts. Implications for individuals and employers in the global private sector who may consider a move to the Gulf are offered.

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Citation

Forstenlechner, I. and Baruch, Y. (2013), "Contemporary career concepts and their fit for the Arabian Gulf context: A sector level analysis of psychological contract breach", Career Development International, Vol. 18 No. 6, pp. 629-648. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-07-2013-0084

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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