Int. J. of Human Resources Development and Management   »   2003 Vol.3, No.2



Title: The concept employability: a complex mosaic


Author: Anneleen Forrier, Luc Sels


Address: Higher Institute of Labour Studies (HIVA), E. Van Evenstraat 2a, 3000 Leuven, Belgium. Organisation Studies, Department of Applied Economics, Naamsestraat 69, 3000 Leuven, Belgium


Abstract: Since lifetime employment within the same organisation is no longer a prerogative for all, job security has to be safeguarded differently. In this respect, ''lifetime employability'' instead of ''lifetime employment'' is often put forward as the new protection in the labour market. Although employability became a buzzword in organisational literature, no clear consensus about its meaning and measurement can be found. In this paper, we bring some clarification to the debate about employability. We develop a conceptual model of the ''employability process''. This conceptual model offers a framework for future empirical research on employability. It can help to identify the main factors that may influence labour market transitions for individuals. In addition, it may clarify the role government and employers can play in shaping these career moves.


Keywords: employability; movement capital; labour market transitions; employability enhancement.


DOI: 10.1504/IJHRDM.2003.002414


Int. J. of Human Resources Development and Management, 2003 Vol.3, No.2, pp.102-124


Available online: 13 Dec 2003



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