FR-P02-040 - Proactive career behavior in dynamic strategic environments

Career planning and management
Poster Presentation
3 hours 30 minutes
O'Brien Foyer
Human resource management
Career planning and management
Proactive career behavior in dynamic strategic environments
E. Ostmeier 1,*, M. Strobel 1, I. M. Welpe 1
1Bavarian State Institute for Higher Education Research and Planning (IHF) / Technical University of Munich (TUM), Munich, Germany
Content: Proactive career behavior is important in dynamic and rapidly evolving job markets and economies, because it enables adaptation of career paths and personal development to changing circumstances. While previous research has mainly focused on individual (e.g., personality) predictors of proactive career behavior, we know little about how individuals’ proactive career behavior is influenced by distal contextual factors, such as dynamics in the external strategic environment of an organization. This is important, however, as person-environment fit theory suggests that individuals adjust their careers and skills to create fit between their own skills and the environment (which also should encompass broader strategic developments). We investigate this connection regarding digitization as a strategic issue that currently influences and transforms many industries and organizations. We present initial evidence from an ongoing large-scale data collection among recent university graduates across different industries, job types, and levels of responsibility to show how individuals react with proactive career behavior in response to their perception of digitization as a strategic issue.


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