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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 4-year (2019-2023) interuniversity research project driven by University of Liège/HEC Liège (Professor F. Pichault), in partnership with Antwerp Management School (Professor A. De Vos) and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Professor M. Verbruggen). It is financed by the EOS programme: Excellence of Science (FRS-FNRS).

Career stakeholders

In a traditional vision on careers, the organization and the employee are the two main parties in career management. With the increase of flexible working practices (e.g. freelancers, temporary project members), but also with the growing number of workers from dual-income households, this focus proves to be too narrow.

What determines the sustainability of a career?

Entitled “Sustainable careers for project-based and dual-earner workers: a stakeholders perspective”, the project aims at enhancing our understanding of how organizational and individual career management can lead to career sustainability, by applying a multiple stakeholders

In this project we research what determines the sustainability of a career for people in non-traditional working practices and employees from dual-income households. We widen the focus of career management applied by the organization, and look at the role of stakeholders within the organization (executives), on the labor market (labor market intermediaries) and at home (working partner).

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Organizational and individual level

We opt to develop our research by focusing on two increasingly important groups in today’s labor market:

• Project-Based Workers (PBW), involved in one or multiple projects, during a specific time period, for one or several clients;

• Dual earner workers, represented by dual-income households and workers.

The objectives of this project are multiple and underpin a systemic approach. At the organizational level, it aims at understanding the influence of stakeholders on career management policies established at the organizational level, and their effects on PBW. At the individual level, it aims at showing how career management strategies developed by the individual are influenced by companies and spouses. Lastly, the project wishes to gain knowledge on how career management strategies, both at the individual and organizational level, affect the sustainability of these non-standard workers' careers. In order to properly answer these research questions, the project research design involves both qualitative and quantitative methods.


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

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