PhD Defence Julia Mühlhaus

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JULIA MÜHLHAUS
Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Dissertation title
'Mapping' the broader social and geographic space and its interplay with individual careers and work identities

Date and location
February 2, 2021 at 15:45 in an online session
Live registration on: http://www.youtube.com/VUBeadlesOffice

'Mapping' the broader social and geographic space and its interplay with individual careers and work identities
Mühlhaus, JuliaCareers and work identities do not solely evolve in single organizations. Instead, they take shape in a variety of broader social and geographic contexts. Yet, insights into the nature of such contexts and how these are linked with individual careers and work identities remain scarce. To address this limitation, this dissertation adopts a spatial perspective, conceptualizing context in terms of social and geographic space. The aim is to carefully map the broader social and geographic space so as to better understand its interplay with individual careers and work identities. The findings of this dissertation underscore the need for broadening understanding of context beyond organizations. The three empirical studies demonstrate that occupation, unemployment and the city constitute important alternative frames through which individuals make sense of their careers and work identities. By mapping what is inside and outside of these types of space, locating other social actors and capturing these spaces’ institutional logics, this dissertation contributes to a more detailed understanding of how individuals negotiate their careers and work identities in light of the unique characteristics of different types of broader social and geographic space. The findings also provide first insights into how this space is, in turn, shaped by the enactment of careers and work identities.

Short biography
Julia Mühlhaus did her Ph.D. research at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Julia was a Junior Researcher at the Amsterdam Business Research Institute in 2013 and a Visiting Researcher at Stockholm School of Economics in 2017. She holds a M.Sc. degree in Business Administration - Management Consulting (cum laude) from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Julia’s research interests include careers, work identities and management consulting.