Toward a sustainable career perspective on contingent work: A critical review and a research agenda

Jana Retkowsky , Sanne Nijs, Jos Akkermans, Paul Jansen, Svetlana Khapova

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to provide a synthesis of the contingent work field and to advocate a sustainable career perspective on contingent work.

Design/methodology/approach
Adopting a broader review approach allowed to synthesize the contingent work literature across contingent work types (temporary agency work, gig work and freelance work) and develop a sustainable career perspective on contingent work. The authors searched for empirical, conceptual and review articles published from 2008 to December 2021. In total, the authors included 208 articles.

Findings
The authors advocate a sustainable career perspective that allows for organizing and synthesizing the fragmented contingent work literature. Adopting a sustainable career perspective enables to study contingent work from a dynamic perspective transcending one single organization.

Originality/value
The field is suffering from fragmentation and most importantly from an oversight of how contingent work experiences play a role in a persons’ career. This paper addresses this problem by adopting a sustainable career perspective on contingent work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
JournalCareer Development International
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • ALTERNATIVE WORK
  • AUTONOMY
  • Alternative work arrangements
  • Career
  • Contingent work
  • EMPLOYABILITY
  • Freelance work
  • GIG ECONOMY
  • Gig work
  • LABOR
  • MANAGEMENT
  • Nonstandard work
  • ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITMENT
  • PRECARIOUS WORK
  • Sustainable career
  • TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT
  • TIME
  • Temporary agency work
  • Temporary work

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