This article presents the results of a study of the contemporary pattern of careers, career aspirations and career orientations of managers and professionals in the context of organisational change. First, we examine the structure of careers in six large firms and see to what extent they fit the old model of ’organisation man’ or the new model of the ’portfolio career’. Second, we consider whether the managers and professionals in our study perceive themselves as being in control of their own career. Finally, we explore questions of how to interpret expressions of loyalty and commitment to organisations in a period of turbulent change. The picture that emerges is one of less insecurity and disaffection than most analysts would have us believe
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