Contemporary and Intelligent Careers – Lessons for Aspiring Scholars

Discipline: EAD5989-1

Concentration area: 12139

Number of Credits: 4

Course load:

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(Per week)
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• Present and discuss theories on Contemporary Careers in order to support academics and practitioners’ work.
• Discuss different issues on Contemporary Careers, aiming better understanding of the new Career models.

By the end of the program, we expect that:
• Students will be aware of the Contemporary Careers theories
• Students show knowledge and ability to talk about the new career models, including new academic careers
• Students are able to debate on the theme, including difficult and ambiguous issues on careers
• Students write a final paper applying the concepts presented in the program.

FEA / USP is a well-known innovative and prolific research center on Careers studies. Studies and research conducted at FEA are based on the latest theories on Careers, developed by acknowledged worldwide scholars. Among the main and innovative approaches on Career Studies are the "Boundaryless Career" and "Intelligent Careers", by Professor Michael Arthur.
Professor Michael Arthur and Professor Tania Casado have been working together on research and teaching, since 2007, when Professor Michael Arthur visited FEA for the first time. Their partnership has resulted in programs for Brazilian students in Boston (International Seminar on Career Studies), in international conferences coordination (such as Academy of Management and LAEMOS) and in academic papers awaiting review.
Professor Michael Arthur has agreed to be one of the keynote speakers at XXI SEMEAD. For sure, our PPGA students, who have studied his theories, will celebrate his classes. Professor Arthur has received the top international awards for his contribution to the Career studies – one of the most important is the Everett Hughes Award, at Academy of Management.

Contemporary and Intelligent Careers: Lessons for Aspiring Scholars

Session 1: Introduction
Twenty five years ago: "The Boundaryless Career"
Reasoning behind, and resistance to, the idea.
Fast forward to 2018, and further evidence of employment mobility
The "good job" revisited, and lessons for college graduates.

Session 2: The Organization as Constraint
The assumption of lifetime employment, and ideas behind it.
The challenge of innovation
The impetus from new technology
The inadequacy of the organizational imperative

Session 3: New Windows on the World of Work
Industry clusters: Silicon Valley and its cousins
Project-based enterprise: Film-making and other projects
New questions for researchers
New practices for the field

Session 4: Research Investments and Opportunities
A diagnostic framework (to be developed)
Question for audience members - where does your research belong?
What assumptions does your work make?
How might those assumptions be changed?

Session 5: Employability and the Boundaryless Career
Overview of employability literature and links to career mobility
Extending employability to sustainability
Examples from film-making, consulting and IT
The larger inter-organizational agenda

Session 6: A Resource- or Competency-Based Approach
Competencies for whom - organization or individual?
A fork in the road - career ownership vs. strategic HRM
Where does the Dean stand - old guard or young blood?
Can we see both sides?

Session 7: Intelligent Careers Close-Up
Why how and with whom career owners work
Interdependency and mediation
What represents good research?
Intelligent careers as independent variables?

Session 8: Rapprochement and Future Research
Organization and individual as economic actors
Where can those actors meet?
How can they better communication with one another
What future research implications?

Avaliation methods:
The final grade will include:
Participation on discussions (30%)
Presentation seminar (30%)
Final paper (40%)

Presentations, seminars and group discussion.

Arthur, M. B., Khapova, S. N., Richardson, J. (2017). An Intelligent Career: Taking Ownership of Your Work and Your Life (pp. 264). New York, New York: Oxford University Press.
Arthur, M. B., Inkson, K., Pringle, J. K. (1999). The New Careers: Individual Action and Economic Change. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Arthur, M. B., Rousseau, D. M. (1996). The Boundaryless Career: A New Employment Principle for a New Organizational Era. New York: Oxford University Press
Arthur, M. B., Hall, D. T., Lawrwence, B. S. (1989). Handbook of Career Theory (pp. 550). New York: Cambridge University Press.
Arthur, M. B., Bailyn, L., Levinson, D. J., Shepard, H. A. (1984). Working with Careers. New York: Graduate School of Business, Columbia University.
Arthur, M. B., Khapova, S. N., Wilderom, C. P. M. (2005). Career Success in a Boundaryless Career World. Journal Of Organizational Behavior, 26, 177-202.
Arthur, M. B., DeFillippi, R. J., Jones, C. (2001). Project-based Learning as the Interplay of Career and Company Non-financial Capital. Management Learning, 32(1), 99-117.
Arthur, M. B., Rousseau, D. M. (1996). A Career Lexicon for the 21st Century. Academy of Management Executive, 10(4), 28-39.
Arthur, M. B., Claman, P. H., DeFillippi, R. J. (1995). Intelligent Enterprise, Intelligent Careers. Academy of Management Executive, 9(4), 7-22.
DeFillippi, R. J., Arthur, M. B., Lindsay, V. J. (2006). Knowledge at Work: Creative Collaboration in the Global Economy (pp. 276). Oxford, UK: Basil Blackwell.
DeFillippi, R., Arthur, M. B. (1994). The Boundaryless Career: A Competency-Based Perspective. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 15, 307-324.
DeFillippi, R. J., Arthur, M. B. (1998). Paradox in Project-Based Enterprise: The Case of Film-Making. California Management Review, 40(2), 125-139.
Hendry, C., Arthur, M. B., Jones, A. M. (1995). Strategy Through People: Human Resource Management in the Small-Medium Enterprise (pp. 280). London: Routledge.
Inkson, K., Arthur, M. B. (2001). How to Be a Successful Career Capitalist. Organizational Dynamics, 30(1), 48-61.
Inkson, K., Arthur, M. B., Pringle, J. M., Barry, S. (1997). Expatriate Assignment Versus Overseas Experience: Contrasting Models of International Human Resource Development. Journal of World Business, 32(4), 351-368.
Parker, P., Arthur, M. B., Inkson, K. (2004). Career Communities: A Preliminary Exploration of Member-Defined Career Support Structures. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 25, 489-514.
Peiperl, M. A., Arthur, M. B., Anand, N. (2002). Career Creativity: Explorations in the Remaking of Work. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Peiperl, M. A., Arthur, M. B., Goffee, R., Morris, T. (2000). Career Frontiers: New Conceptions of Working Life. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Shamir, B., House, R. J., Arthur, M. B. (1993). The Transformational Effects of Charismatic Leadership: A Motivational Analysis. Organization Science, 4, 577-594.
Sullivan, S. E., Arthur, M. B. (2006). The Evolution of the Boundaryless Career Concept: Examining Physical and Psychological Mobility. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 69, 19-29.