Employability Paradox – An Academic Debate Reconsidered. The relationship between multiple competences of employability and multiple targets of commitment
The employability paradox has gained scientific as well as practical attention, by stating that employability offers several benefits, such as job performance and flexibility, but at the same time is accompanied by the risk of increased turnover intention. However, no concordance has been achieved on whether the paradox is true or not. The main objective of this master thesis’ study was to illuminate the paradox by investigating the relationship between multiple competences of employability and internal as well as external targets of commitment. Whereas the organization, as an internal target of commitment, has already been investigated in research on employability, external targets of commitment, such as the career and the profession, were not studied before in this context. Survey data of 666 respondents employed at organizations in the Netherlands was collected and analyzed. The results of the study revealed that three of the five employability competences were positively related to the internal target of commitment, and two employability competences were positively related to the external targets of commitment. This study contributed to the scientific literature on outcomes of employability and multiple targets of commitment and provided a first theoretical framework to investigate multiple targets in the context of employability.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen