VETNET ECER 2001 Proceedings
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Dif, M'Hamed
Forms and implications of work related identity transformation: Preliminary findings of “FAME” project investigation in the French case

During the last three decades or so, work related identities inherited from the “fordist-economy”, have undergone an important structural change leading to two basic developments. The decline of traditional vocational identities and their development into micro communities (characterised by their low level of interactivity with work), in which working individuals’ career trajectories are becoming discontinuous and even blocked in some instances. The emergence, at the same time, of more or less a “new generation” of work related identities which are characterised by their high level on interactivity with the new forms of  human resource management and work organisation, combined with an increased capacity to adapt and internalise change. In this context, the paper will be an investigation into the nature and direction of this change in relation to the development of the new paradigm of flexibility/mobility within the labour market. For this purpose, the paper will be divided into two basic sections. In the first section, the “post-fordist” development and implications of  work related identity, flexibility and mobility concepts in a French context will be briefly reviewed. In the context of this background and in the light of FAME project overall objectives and evaluation criteria, the second section of the paper will be a presentation of the preliminary findings of the first stage of case studies conducted within three French sectors: metal industry, telecommunication and health care.

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Complete reference:
Manning, Sabine; Dif, M'hamed (eds.). 2001. VETNET ECER 2001 proceedings: Current research in European vocational education and human resource development. Berlin: Wissenschaftsforum Bildung und Gesellschaft e.V. [Internet:].

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