Mission of the Chair

The chair ‘SD Worx/Next generation work: Creating sustainable careers’ is a cooperation between Antwerp Management School and SD Worx. Via longitudinal research among organizations and employees, we look at the dimensions of a sustainable career policy: a policy which contributes to company results and facilitates sustainable staff employability.


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The chair ‘SD Worx/Next generation work: Creating sustainable careers’ is a cooperation between Antwerp Management School and SD Worx. Via longitudinal research among organizations and employees, we look at the dimensions of a sustainable career policy: a policy which contributes to company results and facilitates sustainable staff employability.

The guiding principle in this cooperation is the conviction that, in order to arrive at sustainable solutions for issues such as working longer, increasing long-term sickness absence, scarcity of talent, and employability, a different view on careers is needed. At the start of the chair in 2011, the question still was who really lost any sleep over sustainable careers. Today, the concept of “sustainable careers” has become established with policy makers, social partners, employers, and employees. The question is no longer whether it is necessary to develop a sustainable career policy, but how you can do it.

Ans De Vos

Ans De Vos was appointed professor of the chair. Her research focus is on career policy and career development, employability, psychological contracts, the socialization of newcomers and cooperation between generations.

From the start of her own academic career, Ans De Vos has been fascinated by careers. More specifically, her mission is to make people more competent in managing their own careers so that they can take responsibility for their professional life. Her research is focused on how a win-win can be achieved between organizations and their employees within the broader social issues that concern careers and work in general.

Research

In the context of the chair, several research projects have been carried out in recent years, which are bundled in “Career-breaking Research”:

  • Inquiring HR managers and company leaders about their vision on careers and policies, analysis of trends, and impact on company results (2012-2016)
  • The manager as leverage for career policy (2014): survey of managers and employees within their teams based on expectations and experiences regarding the career policy, the role of the manager as career facilitator (https://offer.antwerpmanagementschool.be/nl/download-whitepaper-it-takes-two-to-tango)
  • Talent Mobility (2015): case studies and 10 recommendations to mobilize talent (https://offer.antwerpmanagementschool.be/whitepaper-talent-mobilitei)
  • Research into the critical success factors of talent sharing or “co-sourcing” (2017), in collaboration with the research project “Experience@Work”
  • Research into the flexible use of talent: “agile talent” (2017)

The research done within the framework of the chair indicates that a sustainable career policy is determined by context. What works for one organization does not necessarily work for the other. In addition, the career survey showed that only 2% agreed with the statement that the career policy in their organization was well developed compared to other HR domains.

In cooperation with Antwerp Management School, SD Worx developed a career scan. This scan allows us to quickly expose the strengths, challenges, and stumbling blocks of the current career policy, taking into account the specific context of the organization. The career scan is a snapshot; it shows what organizations today emphasize, and what the possible indicators are.

Careers in motion

Ans De Vos compiled the insights of five years’ worth of research in cooperation with SD Worx in her book ‘Careers in motion’.

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