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Employee Mobility in the Context of Sustainable Careers

Employee Inter- and Intra-Firm Mobility

ISBN: 978-1-78973-550-5, eISBN: 978-1-78973-549-9

ISSN: 0742-3322

Publication date: 15 July 2020


This chapter explores the impact of employee mobility on career sustainability, that is, the extent to which a career enables an individual to remain happy, healthy, and productive over the life course. I argue that whether employee mobility strengthens or weakens career sustainability depends on the extent to which the mobility experience increases (sustainable) or diminishes (unsustainable) person-career fit. I suggest that different forms of mobility (e.g., upward versus lateral) may have different effects on fit and subsequent career sustainability. Moreover, it is possible that a mobility experience can enhance fit in some respects but still have a negative effect on the long-term sustainability of a career. Research is necessary to address these and other questions regarding the relationship between employee mobility and career sustainability.


Greenhaus, J.H. (2020), "Employee Mobility in the Context of Sustainable Careers", Tzabbar, D. and Cirillo, B. (Ed.) Employee Inter- and Intra-Firm Mobility (Advances in Strategic Management, Vol. 41), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 105-108.



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