Bringing back boundaries? An examination of leavers and stayers in accounting in academe

Nicholas Julian Paisey, Catriona Paisey

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The concept of the ‘boundaryless career’, where employees are assumed to manage their own careers, searching for the best opportunities and moving beyond the boundaries of each single employment setting, has assumed almost taken-for-granted status since being introduced in 1994. This paper responds to Inkson, Gunz, Ganesh & Roper’s (2012, p.327) call for ‘more thoughtful consideration of career boundary formation and the wide range of types of boundary that are involved’ by drawing on empirical data to track objective career movements as well as the results of interviews to examine the ways in which boundaries are created and shape careers within the accounting and finance discipline in universities in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. It discusses two elements of career, career moves across institutional boundaries – “leavers” – and careers that develop within one organization, either at the same level throughout or via internal promotion – “stayers”. The paper is novel in examining careers within accounting and finance in academia through the lens of the boundaryless career construct in order to better understand the academic career in accounting and finance. It also contributes to boundary-focused career scholarship by drawing on both qualitative and quantitative evidence to assess whether such careers are boundaryless or whether, and if so how, they are shaped by boundaries.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 23 Mar 2015
EventBritish Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) 2015 Annual Conference - University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Mar 201525 Mar 2015


ConferenceBritish Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) 2015 Annual Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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