Working as an independent professional: career choice or the only option?

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This chapter examines the notions of 'entrepreneurial pull' or `unemployment push' to explain the sudden and rapid expansion of professionals’ into self-employment. The investigation is bounded by the question, ‘do these moves herald a new ‘normal’ in configuring work and career?’ The chapter draws on conceptual and empirical evidence to offer results which highlight the broader institutional context of the changing nature of work and career. Explicit links between institutions, organizations and individuals offer the potential to not only understand the history behind how and why careers have developed but to also provide deep insight into how they are developing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWork, Working and Work Relationships In a Changing World
EditorsClare Kelliher, Julia Richardson
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781351125161
ISBN (Print)9780815371533
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Human Resource Development


  • contractors
  • careers
  • Independent professionals
  • IPro

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