Quotation Eggenhofer-Rehart, Petra, Latzke, Markus, Pernkopf, Katharina, Zellhofer, Dominik, Mayrhofer, Wolfgang, Steyrer, Johannes. 2017. Refugees' career capital welcome? Its use and transformation by Afghanis and Syrians in Austria. 77th Academy of Management Meeting, Atlanta, GA, United States/USA, 04.08.-08.08.




Since January 2014, Austria has granted asylum status and thus the permission to work to over 30,000 asylum applicants (Bundesministerium für Inneres, 2016). In addition to having to find a place to live and learn about and adapt to the host country’s culture, seeking and obtaining employment is particularly challenging for refugees. To date, very little is known about refugees’ job search and career management behavior. This paper explores refugees’ experiences with, but also strategies for, job search and labor market entry. In the present study we focus on the Austrian labor market with its specific rules and power dynamics. Using Bourdieu’s (1977) theory of practice, we explore what forms of career capital refugees manage to transfer to their host country and what strategies and behaviors refugees use to invest, enhance, renegotiate and convert the value of their existing career capital and to accumulate further capital.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Refugees' career capital welcome? Its use and transformation by Afghanis and Syrians in Austria
Event 77th Academy of Management Meeting
Year 2017
Date 04.08.-08.08.
Country United States/USA
Location Atlanta, GA


Eggenhofer-Rehart, Petra (Details)
Latzke, Markus (Details)
Pernkopf, Katharina (Details)
Zellhofer, Dominik (Details)
Mayrhofer, Wolfgang (Details)
Steyrer, Johannes (Details)
Interdisciplinary Institute for Management and Organizational Behavior IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5502 Occupational-, industrial psychology (Details)
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