How Successful Executives Respond: A Phenomenological Study of Unplanned Career Transition

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How Successful Executives Respond: A Phenomenological Study of Unplanned Career Transition

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Neal Chalofsky en_US
dc.contributor.author Miles, David C. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-01-21T21:26:03Z
dc.date.available 2005-01-21T21:26:03Z
dc.date.issued 2003-05-22 en_US
dc.identifier.other oai:GWUETD:etd-05072003-110617 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1961/118
dc.description Degree awarded (2003): EdDHRD, Counseling, Human and Organizational Studies, George Washington University en_US
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT OF DISSERTATION How Successful Executives Respond: A Phenomenological Study of Unplanned Executive Career Transition /By David C. Miles This phenomenological study looks at senior executives who were involuntarily terminated but who did not experience the typical negative emotions and loss of self esteem which usually accompanies unplanned separation from employment. Fifteen individuals who a) met four criteria to qualify as senior executives, b) were deemed highly successful because they did not suffer negative emotions and loss of self esteem, and c) who went through an outplacement program with a certified counseling firm participated as co-researchers in the study. The study relies heavily on data gathered through phenomenological interviews with these executives. The study also features a review of research literature in the areas of outplacement, adult life-stage development, career transition, career management, and the psychological and sociological experience of individuals in career transition to provide a theoretical framework for analyzing and interpreting the data. The research questions dealt with the recollections of highly successful participants about their personal experience of unplanned career transition and prior to the beginning of the career counseling process. Participants narrated the events of their separation and described their psychological behavioral reactions and their emotional/intellectual experience as the reality of career change occurred. In addition, the study looked at the significance of several factors related to the event of termination: the executives perception of his/her position as a leader; the employers handling of the termination event, the impact on family, friends and co-workers; the duration of potentially negative intellectual and emotional responses; and anticipation of or preparation for the future. This study significantly contributes to a small, but growing body of research that identifies self-awareness characteristics and coping behaviors that individuals can learn and use to minimize the negative impact of unplanned career transition. This study suggests that enhanced self-awareness, improved coping skills, and personal management of career alternative planning can assist all senior executives who will experience unplanned career transition. The stories of these fifteen co-researchers de-stigmatize the event of termination and provide models of career resilience, giving insight not only to senior executives but also to individuals at multiple levels of the socioeconomic strata and organizational levels. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Advisory Committee: Dr. Neal Chalofsky (Chair), Dr. Mike Marquardt, Dr. Robert Potvin, Dr. Clyde Croswell, Dr. Sarah Parks en_US
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dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Counseling, Human and Organizational Studies, George Washington University en_US
dc.rights Access is unrestricted. en_US
dc.subject career transition en_US
dc.subject outplacement en_US
dc.subject senior executives en_US
dc.subject self esteem en_US
dc.subject phenomenological study en_US
dc.title How Successful Executives Respond: A Phenomenological Study of Unplanned Career Transition en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US


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