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Black Jack - A New Perspective on Protean Career within Management Consulting

Jezierski, Victoria; Margetts, Teigan and Sjölund, Susan (2011)
Department of Business Administration
Abstract
Title: Black Jack: A New Perspective on Protean Career within Management Consulting Seminar Date: June 1, 2011 Course: BUSM18 Degree Project in Managing People, Knowledge and Change- Master Level Authors: Victoria Jezierski, Teigan Margetts & Susan Sjölund Advisor EHL: Stephan Schaefer & Katie Sullivan Advisor VCT: Sverre Spoelstra Keywords: Career, protean career, traditional career, management consulting, career metaphors Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate in what way employees at a global management consultancy firm experience protean career. Methodology: Meanings and understandings were interpreted through a hermeneutical reading, with the assumption of social constructivism. Theoretical Perspective: The protean... (More)
Title: Black Jack: A New Perspective on Protean Career within Management Consulting Seminar Date: June 1, 2011 Course: BUSM18 Degree Project in Managing People, Knowledge and Change- Master Level Authors: Victoria Jezierski, Teigan Margetts & Susan Sjölund Advisor EHL: Stephan Schaefer & Katie Sullivan Advisor VCT: Sverre Spoelstra Keywords: Career, protean career, traditional career, management consulting, career metaphors Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate in what way employees at a global management consultancy firm experience protean career. Methodology: Meanings and understandings were interpreted through a hermeneutical reading, with the assumption of social constructivism. Theoretical Perspective: The protean career metaphor, as well as parallels we have drawn between protean careers and management consulting careers, provide a theoretical basis for
our research. Empirical Foundation: The empirical material for our research was gathered through twelve semi-structured interviews with employees at the case company, Majesté, as well as two supplementary observations. Summary of Findings: Our empirical material illustrated that whilst elements of a protean career are experienced at Majesté, the metaphor does not wholly reflect our interviewees’ career experiences. Two “mysteries” emerge; values inconsistency, and illusions of career control. Therefore, the new metaphor of “Black Jack” is developed to reflect our interviewees’ career experiences. (Less)
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Jezierski, Victoria; Margetts, Teigan and Sjölund, Susan
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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keywords
Career, protean career, traditional career, management consulting, career metaphors, Management of enterprises, Företagsledning, management
language
Swedish
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2158148
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2011-06-01
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  abstract     = {Title: Black Jack: A New Perspective on Protean Career within Management Consulting Seminar Date: June 1, 2011 Course: BUSM18 Degree Project in Managing People, Knowledge and Change- Master Level Authors: Victoria Jezierski, Teigan Margetts & Susan Sjölund Advisor EHL: Stephan Schaefer & Katie Sullivan Advisor VCT: Sverre Spoelstra Keywords: Career, protean career, traditional career, management consulting, career metaphors Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate in what way employees at a global management consultancy firm experience protean career. Methodology: Meanings and understandings were interpreted through a hermeneutical reading, with the assumption of social constructivism. Theoretical Perspective: The protean career metaphor, as well as parallels we have drawn between protean careers and management consulting careers, provide a theoretical basis for
our research. Empirical Foundation: The empirical material for our research was gathered through twelve semi-structured interviews with employees at the case company, Majesté, as well as two supplementary observations. Summary of Findings: Our empirical material illustrated that whilst elements of a protean career are experienced at Majesté, the metaphor does not wholly reflect our interviewees’ career experiences. Two “mysteries” emerge; values inconsistency, and illusions of career control. Therefore, the new metaphor of “Black Jack” is developed to reflect our interviewees’ career experiences.},
  author       = {Jezierski, Victoria and Margetts, Teigan and Sjölund, Susan},
  keyword      = {Career,protean career,traditional career,management consulting,career metaphors,Management of enterprises,Företagsledning, management},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Black Jack - A New Perspective on Protean Career within Management Consulting},
  year         = {2011},
}