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Stakeholder perspective on careers “Carst”

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Stakeholder perspective on careers “Carst”

Research on sustainable careers with project members and employees with a working partner: what is the role of career management, and stakeholders such as executives, intermediaries and the (working) partner?

Type project Sustainable careers
Project partners Financed by FWO Flanders (project number G0E8318N) as part of the “Excellence of Science” (EOS) research program (EOS reference number 30987235).
Duration January 01, 2018 - January 01, 2021
Contact person David Stuer

About the project

The EOS-CARST project is a four-year (2019-2023) inter-university research project led by the University of Liège/HEC Liège (Prof. F. Pichault) in collaboration with Antwerp Management School (Prof. A. De Vos) and KU Leuven (Prof. M. Verbruggen). It is funded by the EOS program, Excellence of Science (FRS-FNRS).

Career stakeholders

In a traditional view of careers, “organization” and “employee” are the two most important parties in career management. With the increase in flexible working (freelancers, temporary project members, etc.) but also with the growing number of employees from dual income households, this focus turns out to be too limited.

What determines the sustainability of a career?

With the project “Sustainable careers for project staff and dual earners: a stakeholder perspective” we want to get a better view on how organizational and individual career management can lead to sustainable careers when multiple stakeholders are involved.

On the one hand, we investigate what determines the sustainability of a career for people working in non-traditional forms of collaboration, for example as an external employee in a temporary project team. On the other hand, we focus on employees from dual income households and study the influence of the partner on an employee's career decisions. Thus, we broaden the focus of career management and look at the role of a wider group of stakeholders within the organization (managers), on the labor market (employment facilitators) and at home (working partner).

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Objectives on an organizational and individual level

Within this research we focus on two increasingly important groups in the current labor market:

  • project-based employees who are involved in one or more projects during a certain period of time, for one or more clients;
  • dual earners, represented by dual income households and employees.

The project has multiple objectives that underpin a systematic approach. At the organizational level, we map out the effects of the organization's career policy on both permanent and (external) project-based employees and which stakeholders (managers, external parties) are involved.

At the individual level, we want to show how the way people deal with their own career is influenced by multiple stakeholders. The aim is to develop practical tools for sustainable career management that enable employees to be happy, healthy and productive throughout their careers.

In order to be able to answer these research questions properly, we will use both qualitative and quantitative methods in the research design.


Insight in the role of the different stakeholders in the (sustainable) career of employees. Handles for a sustainable career management.

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David stuer

David Stuer

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