Men in Mid-Career: A Study of British Managers and Technical Specialists

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CUP Archive, 2 may. 1970 - 376 páginas
Originally published in 1970, Men in Mid-Career deals with the problems of men aged 35-40 who have invested half a work-life in one type of career and may now be at a turning-point. It is at this stage that they come to realise the implications of the commitments they have made during the last 15-20 years. By this time, their personal reputations rest mainly with one employing organisation and it is difficult for them to leave unless they take a bold step involving great risks and far-reaching implications for their families, homes and types of life. The author provides a comprehensive review of the literature on the subject that was emanating from the UK and US, and goes on to report on a detailed study of representative samples of managers and technical specialists in two large UK firms. The book juxtaposes the viewpoints of senior management and the man whose career is simultaneously a building block in a task-centred system and the repository of his identity.
 

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The work preoccupations of executives i
1
Persons as organizational resources
12
The career as a personal experience
39
The bureaucratized organization as an occupational environment
71
Functions of work roles
85
The personal significance of the job
106
The personality of the industrial manager
131
structure operations ideology and personnel institutions
150
The career in retrospect and prospect
234
The company in the life space
252
Career concerns and hazards
270
The technical specialist in the industrial organization
292
Advancement within the organization
309
Interaction between the executive his colleagues and his employing organization
338
Interviewing schedule used with Autoline and Novoplast samples
353
H Characteristic functions of members of sample
356

Composition and representativeness of the samples studied
180
The role of the job and the meanings of work
190
Evaluation of the job and the employing organization
215
Effects of differences in occupation
369
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