Boosting my career: Is it wise to follow in my parents’ occupational footsteps?

Koch, Andri; Hack, Andreas (June 2018). Boosting my career: Is it wise to follow in my parents’ occupational footsteps? (Unpublished). In: European Academy of Management (EURAM). Reykjavik, Island.

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The search for answers to the question of who is accountable for one’s career has recently shifted from organizational accountability to individual responsibility. This shift has led to a growing interest in career self-management research. In addition to self-management behavior, such as career adaptability, occupational following (OF), or following in one’s parents’ profession, might be an interesting aspect to consider. The present paper seeks to explore if OF enhances career success and could therefore be a fruitful self-management characteristic. In doing so, we apply the concepts 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 SEM on a weighted sample of 3,384 individuals. 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




Andri Koch

Date Deposited:

19 Sep 2018 16:47

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05 Dec 2022 15:18


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