Les jeunes consultants en management entre précarité et ambition

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For employees exercising an occupation involving an immaterial activity, the professional investment is such that it totally absorbs the private dimension of existence (family, free time and ways of envisaging the future). This observation is borne out for occupations based on knowledge and project organization insofar as they demand a permanent availability to deal with the keen competition existing between colleagues and measure up to the challenge these various projects pose. That is why we can say that these professionals live in a form of precariousness. Based on research undertaken in Italy between 2009 and 2011, this article analyses how passion and ambition may lead young professionals in consulting to fall into the trap of existential precariousness. It shows how their total adherence to the principle of competition recognized as a principal value of work most often leads them to develop strategies of self-exploitation in achieving their professional projects. It also describes the principal forms of vulne­rability this level of dedication to work leads to in other dimensions of their existence.
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)127-147
Number of pages21
JournalRecherches Sociologiques et Anthropologiques
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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