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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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OLIVEIRA, Manoela Ziebell de  e  GOMES, William Barbosa. Reflexive styles and protean and boundaryless career attitudes in contemporary brazilian organizations. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.1, pp. 105-118. ISSN 1984-6657.

Social and economic changes in contemporary organizations require professionals to reflect on the needs of the market and to manage their own careers. We investigated the relationship between protean career attitudes (self-directedness and personal values orientation), boundaryless career attitudes (physical and psychological mobility), and reflexivity styles (autonomous, fractured, meta-reflexive, and communicative) of 247 Brazilian professionals. The main results indicate that: 1) protean attitudes relate to decisions motivated by personal values, 2) boundaryless attitudes indicate belief in the ability and an intention to undertake changes, 3) psychological mobility and self-directedness showed moderate positive correlations with autonomous-reflexivity 4) self-directedness was negatively correlated with fractured-reflexivity 5) professionals from private organizations had higher average self-directedness, values orientation, and psychological mobility than professionals from public organizations, 6) there were no differences in reflexivity styles between professionals from private and public organizations. We concluded that the mode of thinking of professionals is more important for decision making than the content on which they reflect. In addition, protean and boundaryless attitudes are present among Brazilian professionals, and the employing organizations are paying attention to these changes. The assessment and awareness of modes of reflection can constitute a valuable resource for developing and retaining talent in times of high professional competitiveness and heightened concern for psychological well-being.

Palavras-chave : Reflexivity styles; protean career; boundaryless career; contemporary organizations.

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