Changing demographics and the shifting nature of careers: implications for research and human resource development

Lyons, Sean T., Ng, Eddy S., and Schweitzer, Linda (2014) Changing demographics and the shifting nature of careers: implications for research and human resource development. Human Resource Development Review, 13 (2). pp. 181-206.

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Abstract

Research on human resource development is needed to empirically document the changing nature of careers among successive generational cohorts of workers. This article offers a conceptual framework for examining shifting careers, which accounts for important demographic shifts occurring in the labor force. Our research framework provides a comprehensive set of career-related variables (including career expectations, experience, and outcomes) for investigation. We illustrate the need to consider confounding influences of other demographic shifts in the study of changing careers, using the Canadian context as an illustrative example. We further argue that generational differences may be confounded with gender, immigration, and socioeconomic effects, and therefore, all three effects need to be considered simultaneously with generation. We identify some of the challenges faced by organizations in adjusting to these shifts and conclude with directions for future research.

Item ID: 57761
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1552-6712
Keywords: shifting careers, gender, generations, immigration, socioeconomic status
Funders: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2019 11:07
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management @ 100%
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