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Main Title: ‘Ultimately the question always is: “What do I have to do to do it right?”’ Scripts as explanatory factors of career decisions
Author(s): Laudel, Grit
Bielick, Jana
Gläser, Jochen
Type: Article
Abstract: In this article, we address one of the recurrent problems of career theory, namely the integration of individual agency and structural conditions of action in explanations of career decisions, and through them, career trajectories and their outcomes. We draw on Barley’s suggestion to include scripts as mediating between institutions and individual actions. By theoretically specifying scripts as collectively shared interpretive schemes that describe successful careers, we are able to introduce them as a specific factor that contributes to the explanation of career decisions. We demonstrate with a study of German early career researchers in two fields how scripts can be empirically identified and used in combination with other explanatory factors. Our analysis demonstrates how the concept ‘career script’ captures a specific social influence on career decisions that is different from rules governing behaviour and individual interests, goals and plans for a career.
Subject(s): academic careers
career decisions
career institutions
career theory
early career
Issue Date: May-2019
Date Available: 6-Nov-2020
Language Code: en
DDC Class: 300 Sozialwissenschaften
Sponsor/Funder: BMBF, 16FWN004, Der Einfluss veränderter Karrieremuster für den wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs auf die Entstehung von selbständigen Forschungsprogrammen
Journal Title: Human Relations
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Volume: 72
Issue: 5
Publisher DOI: 10.1177/0018726718786550
Page Start: 932
Page End: 961
EISSN: 1741-282X
ISSN: 0018-7267
Notes: Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
TU Affiliation(s): Fak. 6 Planen Bauen Umwelt » Inst. Soziologie » FG Technik- und Innovationssoziologie
Appears in Collections:Technische Universität Berlin » Publications

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