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Careering alone: Careers and social capital in the financial services and television industries

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Alan McKinlay


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The relationship between career and social capital is an important but relatively unexplored research topic. In this article, we draw on the literatures on social capital and careers, and on empirical studies of the shifting nature of careers in financial services and television production firms, to argue that, in labour markets where key skills are in short supply, the concept of social capital constitutes a rich resource for understanding the implications of changing forms of organization. We argue that social capital has a particularly important impact on an organization's ability to leverage knowledge and is, thus, of strategic significance. The ability to manage social capital might, therefore, prove to be a major management competence. Use of the social capital concept gives us an important insight into the changing nature of careers and organizations.

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Author(s): Tempest S, McKinlay A, Starkey K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Human Relations

Year: 2004

Volume: 57

Issue: 12

Pages: 1523-1545

ISSN (print): 0018-7267

ISSN (electronic): 1741-282X

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/0018726704049988


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