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date: 12 December 2019

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This chapter examines how the lens of organizational culture and climate can further an understanding of careers and career development. More specifically, the discussion focuses on the implications of a climate perspective on careers and considers the interaction between individual career orientations and climate. Also discussed are how organizations can have multiple climates, how such climates are shaped by organizational signals, and the consequences of mixed organizational signals and weak career climates on organizational identity and identification. Where an organization’s career culture is entrenched in stable structures and symbols, its career climate can vary by a combination of social information and individual processing of this information. By considering the interaction between individual perceptions and organizational reality, the concept of career climate opens up new levels of analysis. The chapter concludes with a consideration of how career climate and the interactions that produce it, can be a rich area of inquiry for career scholarship and for helping leaders and organizations understand the conditions that shape both organizational identity and employee identification with the organization.

Keywords: alignment, career, career climates, career cultures, identity, learning, organizational career signals, protean career orientation

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