Research Handbook of Responsible Management
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Research Handbook of Responsible Management

Edited by Oliver Laasch, Roy Suddaby, R. E. Freeman and Dima Jamali

Outlining origins of the field and latest research trends, this Research Handbook offers a unique and cutting-edge take on the numerous avenues to responsible management in the 21st century. Renowned contributors present iconic viewpoints that have formed the foundation of responsible management research, introducing cutting-edge conceptual lenses for the study of the responsible management process.
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Chapter 37: The dynamics of responsible careers and their impact on societal issues: a conceptual framework

Svenja Tams


This chapter develops a conceptual framework of responsible careers and their impact on societal issues. Responsible careers form a subset of responsible management fields and underpin the maintenance and transformation of their institutional infrastructure. While responsible management describes managers’ integration of ethics, social responsibility and sustainability into the everyday practices associated with their role, responsible careers describe careers where the person integrates service to society and having an impact on social and environmental issues into their career-related meaning-making, including employment and role choices and strategic approaches to work. The conceptual model comprises seven dynamics of responsible careers – moving through time and space, co-creating careers, matching individual and organizational needs, bridging legitimacy and resistance, making meaning of career transitions, making meaning of agency, and making meaning of tensions. The model proposes that the relationship between individuals’ responsible careers and their impact on social and environmental issues is mediated by individual change work, organizations’ responsible management work and field-level responsible management work. The implications for our understanding of responsible management are discussed.

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