Review: Anne Huber (2001). Berufserfolg als individuelles Projekt [Occupational Career as a Self-dependent Strategy]

Katja Koch


Anne HUBER focuses her thesis, "Occupational career as a self-dependent strategy," on the self-determined generation of the successful fundraiser and social manager, using biographical interviews and following the theory of comparative casuistry developed by JÜTTEMANN. HUBER asks how successful managers estimate and arrange their occupational career. To answer this, she interviewed 20 fundraiser and social managers in leading positions, using structured interviews focusing on occupational questions (e.g., skills, work history, professional advancement, leadership) and biographical elements (life-style, spar-time activities, family-life). Through this effort, she describes a general pattern of success for both kinds of managers. Further, she illustrates the process of autogenesis, in the case of one fundraiser, by reconstructing his occupational biography. Unfortunately, HUBER attaches too much importance on theoretical and methodological questions and does not elaborate her main question—the autogenesis of a successful manager. Overall, it would have been better to see HUBER shorten and revise some of her chapters.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0204202


autogenesis; comparative casuistry; qualitative content analysis; hermeneutic case reconstruction; biographical studies

Copyright (c) 2002 Katja Koch

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