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    Managing Locals in the Gulf: Careers of Women in the Middle East. A theoretical review of the protean career concept.


    Weir, David and Crowley-Henry, Marian (2013) Managing Locals in the Gulf: Careers of Women in the Middle East. A theoretical review of the protean career concept. In: Academy of Management, Buena Vista, Florida, USA.

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    Abstract

    Non-Western geographical contexts are under-represented in management studies. This paper discusses the lived career experiences of women in the Middle East region through the lens of the protean career concept, a career metaphor which has originated from the Western context. While global similarities concerning female individualism, agency and self-management are recognised, it is clear that the structural context in which careers unfold requires deeper attention and analysis. We advocate novel approaches to constructing theories specific to the unique contexts in which they take place. In using existing career metaphors, we suggest, existing career concepts may indeed describe and explain women’s careers in the geographical context of the Middle East. However, detailed empirical studies of an ethnographic nature would best serve in developing career theories specific to the different countries in this area and their respective unique contexts.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Keywords: Managing Locals; Gulf; Careers of Women; Middle East; protean career concept;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 4460
    Depositing User: Dr. Marian Crowley-Henry
    Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2013 08:31
    Refereed: No
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