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Playing the game: re-creational careers, a qualitative study of working lives in context

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posted on 2018-11-15, 15:20 authored by Amal El-Sawad
In an attempt to make sense of the concept of career this thesis reports findings from a case-study of twenty graduate level employees within one organisation. Responding to the problematic features of career studies to date, a cross-disciplinary, critical, interpretive, qualitative, contextualised study of career is presented which rejects the dichotomous stances characterising much existing literature and instead embraces the dialectal nature and ontological duality of career. Thus attention is devoted to both the organisation and individual, structure and agency as well as stasis and adaptation. The study is situated in its historical, cultural and social context and the research agenda is purposefully emergent allowing those being studied to lead the way to the key dimensions of career. [Continues.]


Loughborough University (Ph.D. studentship).



  • Business and Economics


  • Business


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A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.


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