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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Rhetoric But Whose Reality? The Influence of Employability Messages on Employee Mobility Tactics and Work Group Identification
Authors: Hallier, Jerry
Contact Email: jph1@stir.ac.uk
Issue Date: Apr-2009
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Hallier J (2009) Rhetoric But Whose Reality? The Influence of Employability Messages on Employee Mobility Tactics and Work Group Identification, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 20 (4), pp. 846-868.
Abstract: Over the last decade, employability has been presented by its advocates as the solution to employment uncertainty, and by its critics as a management rhetoric possessing little relevance to the experiences of most workers. This article suggests that while employability has failed to develop into a key research area, a deeper probing of its message is warranted. In particular, it is suggested that employability may have resonance with employees as workers rather than as employees of their immediate employing organisation. This demands a slightly different approach to studying employability than some other related phenomena such as employee commitment which has resonance only in relation to the employing organization. In adopting a social identity approach, the significance of the employability message is shown not only to lie in employees’ willingness to disassociate from their existing work groups and pursue individual mobility, but also in its capacity to undermine workers’ collective responses to grievances and unwanted organizational changes. A future research agenda is presented which highlights the need to address recent attempts to develop employability expectations among graduate career entrants, and for a closer critical engagement with management writings that attempt to justify the unnecessary espousal of the self development message.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/1363
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585190902770760
Rights: Published in The International Journal of Human Resource Management by Taylor & Francis (Routledge). This is an electronic version of an article published in The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Volume 20, Issue 4, April 2009, pp. 846 - 868. The International Journal of Human Resource Management is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0958-5192&volume=20&issue=4&spage=846
Affiliation: Socio-Management

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