Enhancing Career Success: The Role of My Parents’ Occupational Footsteps in My Career.

Koch, Andri; Hack, Andreas (August 2018). Enhancing Career Success: The Role of My Parents’ Occupational Footsteps in My Career. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2018(1), p. 11996. Academy of Management 10.5465/AMBPP.2018.11996abstract

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Employees started to overtake the responsibility for their career and proactively self-manage their own career, because the accountability shifted from the organization to the individual’s responsibility. This shift has led to a growing interest in career self-management research. Beside various self-management techniques, like for example career adaptability, perceived employability, or job crafting, occupational following (OF), that is following in one’s parents’ profession, might be an interesting aspect to consider. In ancient times, it was custom that the son or daughter follows into his/her parents’ occupational footstep. Nowadays, OF applies to up to one quarter of employees. The present paper seeks to explore if OF actually enhances career success and could therefore be a fruitful self-management characteristic. In doing so, we apply theories of social identity and social capital as well as signaling theory, to argue why OF might boost one’s objective and subjective career success. Our hypotheses are subsequently tested with a structural equation model on a weighted sample of 3,384 individuals from the Swiss Household Panel. The findings show that OF is positively related to subjective career success but not to objective career success. The implications for theory and praxis are discussed

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management > Human Resource Management

UniBE Contributor:

Koch, Andri and Hack, Andreas


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations




Academy of Management




Andri Koch

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19 Sep 2018 16:44

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23 Sep 2018 02:29

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