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People and work in events and conventions: a research perspective.

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This book offers a synthesis of current research-based understanding relating to people and work opportunities in the events and conventions industry. The book is organized into five parts. The first two chapters set the scene with respect to events and employment within the sector, focusing on a global review and an Australian case context. Subsequent parts consider education and career developme...


Chapter 5 (Page no: 51)

'Butterflying' career patterns in the convention and exhibition industry.

This chapter extends a previous Australian research on the career patterns of managers in the convention and exhibition industry by presenting four case studies. By mapping individuals' career profiles, the chapter demonstrates the non-linear nature of career progression, with job movements encompassing intra- and inter-sector mobility, and horizontal, vertical and diagonal growth. The chapter concludes with the implications for individuals and employers. Not least, individuals should be prepared to 'flutter' between jobs and sectors in order to build up their skills, competencies and human capital, and employers need to recognize these career patterns and incorporate them into their recruitment and retention strategies.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 3) The events industry: the employment context. Author(s): Mair, J.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 17) Event management employment in Australia: a nationwide investigation of labour trends in Australian event management. Author(s): Arcodia, C.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 29) Employability in the cultural events sector: the role of specialist degree programmes. Author(s): Beaven, Z. St George, S. Wright, R.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 39) Career profiles of convention industry professionals in Asia: a case study of Hong Kong. Author(s): Ladkin, A. Weber, K.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 65) Career theory and major event employment. Author(s): Jago, L. Mair, J.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 75) New professionalism in the event sector and its impact in Hungary. Author(s): Formádi, K. Raffai, C.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 93) Managing pulsating major sporting event organizations. Author(s): Hanlon, C. Jago, L.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 108) Episodic experiences: volunteering flexibility in the events sector. Author(s): Lockstone, L. Smith, K. A.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 127) Employee retention strategies for event management. Author(s): Deery, M.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 138) Volunteer recruitment and retention: an Australia-USA comparison. Author(s): Goldblatt, J. Matheson, C. M.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 154) Involving and keeping event volunteers: management insights from cultural festivals. Author(s): Smith, K. A. Lockstone, L.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 171) The psychology of sport event volunteerism: a review of volunteer motives, involvement and behaviour. Author(s): Hoye, R. Cuskelly, G.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 181) Managing volunteers to enhance the legacy potential of major events. Author(s): Auld, C. Cuskelly, G. Harrington, M.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 193) High-adrenalin work environments at events. Author(s): Kemp, C.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 205) Human resources perspectives on the management of conferences as events in Kenya. Author(s): Okech, R. N.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2009
  • ISBN
  • 9781845934767
  • Record Number
  • 20093191837