Is What's Past Prologue? A Review and Agenda for Contemporary Employability Research

M Fugate, B Van der Heijden, A De Vos, A Forrier, N De Cuyper

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Employability, which is commonly conceptualized as one’s ability to realize job opportunities within and between employers over time, has attracted consider-able attention from diverse academic disciplines for decades. Research in these disciplines has largely evolved independent of other fields, thus limiting the ac-cumulation, validation, advancement, and utility of employability. Two central stakeholders in much of this research are employers and employees, yet the vast majority of studies since the year 2000 have failed to explicitly consider this interdependence, instead being characterized by an overwhelming em-phasis on the employee and individual agency. Conversely, the comparatively limited research examining the employer perspective has often excluded consideration of the employee. Our review highlights these characteristics, along with outlining other common critical issues and recommendations for overcoming them. We also articulate how social exchange theory can serve as an underlying mechanism to integrate research within and between disciplines, and we present the strategic employability architecture framework based on strategic human resource management to facil-itate integration of employer and employee perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-298
Number of pages33
JournalAcademy of Management Annals
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


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