Career Success Schemas and their Contextual Embeddedness: A Comparative Configurational Perspective

Robert Kaše , Nicky Dries, Jon Briscoe, Richard D. Cotton, Eleni Apospori, Silvia Bagdadli, K. Övgü Çakmak-Otluoğlu, Katharina Chudzikowski, Anders Dysvik, Martina Gianecchini, Richa Saxena, Yan Shen, Marijke Verbruggen, Olusegun Babalola , Tania Casado, Jean-Luc Cerdin, Najung Kim, Sushanta Kumar Mishra, Fei Zhangfeng

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We introduce career success schema as a critical concept for understanding how people in different contexts perceive and understand career success.
Using a comparative configurational approach, we show, in a study of thirteen countries, that two structural characteristics of career success schemas—complexity and convergence—differ across country contexts and
are embedded in specific configurations of institutional factors. Adopting complexity and convergence as primary dimensions, we propose a two-by-two taxonomy of career success schemas at the country level. We contribute to the understanding of subjective careers across countries and across levels, discuss their importance for organizational career systems in MNEs, and propose specific guidelines for future comparative careers
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-440
Number of pages19
JournalHuman Resource Management Journal
Issue number3
Early online date29 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020


  • career success schemas
  • configurational approach
  • culture and institutional factors
  • taxonomy
  • QCA


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