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Career capital in global Kaleidoscope Careers: the role of HRM

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Susan Kirk



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Routledge, 2016.

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© 2015 Taylor & Francis.The results of this qualitative study of international talent show that although the acquisition of career capital through international assignments is perceived to be desirable both from an individual and organisational perspective, the global mobility needs and preferences of these two parties rarely coincide. This is due to the fact that individual mobility requirements come in cycles aligned to life cycle stages whereas organisational mobility needs ebb and flow like waves in response to perceived threats and opportunities. This presents opportunities and challenges for individuals in the acquisition and utilisation of career capital to balance work- and non-work-related demands in their global Kaleidoscope Careers. The role of human resource management (HRM) is to facilitate this process through mentoring, networking and other opportunities to engage in storying, enabling employees to accommodate their changing needs at different life cycle stages. Failure to offer such support can manifest itself in demotivation, business performance issues as well as difficulties in terms of diversity and inclusion. Thus this paper offers a contribution to academic literature in the field of career theory as well as international HRM professional practice.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Kirk S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Human Resource Management

Year: 2016

Volume: 27

Issue: 6

Pages: 681-697

Online publication date: 03/06/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Date deposited: 31/01/2019

ISSN (print): 0958-5192

ISSN (electronic): 1466-4399

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2015.1042896


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