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Careers in academe: the academic labour market as an eco‐system

Yehuda Baruch (Rouen Business School, Mont‐Saint‐Aignan, France)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 17 May 2013




This paper aims to explore the contrast between stable and dynamic labour markets in academe in light of career theories that were originally developed for business environments.


A conceptual design, offering the eco‐system as a framework.


It evaluates their relevance and applicability to dynamic and global academic labour markets using the emerging novel eco‐system theory. Lessons are drawn for individual scholars employed in the higher education sector as well as to institutions.

Practical implications

The paper suggests practical indications for people‐management within academe. It integrates human capital theory, psychological‐contract concepts and career perspectives about people‐management with practical career advice for the sector.


The paper offers a conceptual framework to better understand labour markets, in particular academic labour markets, using eco‐system as a strong explanatory power.



Baruch, Y. (2013), "Careers in academe: the academic labour market as an eco‐system", Career Development International, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 196-210.



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