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Temas em Psicologia

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PISAPIA, Thais Carazato; WOOD JR, Thomaz  and  BENDASSOLLI, Pedro F.. Boundaryless careers in a large brazilian financial institution. Temas psicol. [online]. 2016, vol.24, n.1, pp.277-293. ISSN 1413-389X.

In recent years, changes in business and in work organization led to the emergence of new career models. Among these models, the boundaryless careers model has gained prominence. This model is premised on a high professional mobility. In Brazil, however, there are still few empirical studies on the phenomenon. This research sought to address this gap. The objective of this study was to identify the attitudes of individuals regarding careers in a large Brazilian financial institution. Methodologically, the study used a mixed-method design. The quantitative part consisted on the application of the Boundary-less Career Attitudes Scale, previously validated for use in Portuguese language. The scale was applied to 126 professionals in seven areas of the organization. The qualitative part involved the completion 11 interviews with professionals who had previously answered the quantitative part. The results indicate a strong presence of the boundaryless career attitudes within the organization, although there were differences among areas and among individuals, this last being the result of their working time in the organization. The article seeks to explain the reasons for these differences and discusses the apparent paradox between a high attitude toward boundaryless careers and a strong desire to keep the professional relationship with the organization. The work contributes to the building of knowledge in the field of career studies in Brazil, as it uses a validated scale of attitudes and reveals the reality of a large local organization. The article also indicates possibilities for future research in the field.

Keywords : Careers in Brazil; new models of career; boundaryless career; professional mobility; financial institution.

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