Shared Career; Boundaryless Career; Career Life Cycle; Agency;Communion;
Journal Article | Journal of Organizational Behavior | 31 | July 2010
At the Crossroads of Agency and Communion: Defining the Shared Career
This article extends the predominant depiction of careers as individual undertakings and advances insights on collective careers.It defines the shared career as the co-evolving sequence of work collaboration and jointly pursued career opportunities by two or more career actors.It proposes that this new career construct mixes agency and communion. Furthermore, it conceptualizes a life cycle model of shared careers, using supporting illustrations.Finally, it articulates how focusing on shared careers could open up avenues for the advancement of research on boundaryless careers.