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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2016, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (5): 783-793.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.00783

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Career calling: A resurrecting research issue

XIE Baoguo1; XIN Xun2; ZHOU Wenxia2   

  1. (1 School of Management, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China) (2 School of Labor and Human Resources, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China)
  • Received:2015-07-15 Online:2016-05-15 Published:2016-05-15
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Calling has emerged as a pertinent construct in psychology and management. Calling originates from religious and is secularized in sociology, and resuscitated in psychology and management. The extant literature on calling showed that calling could lead to positve outcomes such as higher individual’s well-being, higher organizational duty, less team conflict, and so on. In the current paper, the connotation, measurement and work-related outcomes of calling were systematically reviewed. On the basis of review, the article pointed out the three topics (i.e. the structure, outcomes and antecedents) which future researchers should focus on. Meanwhile, the theory-guidance, multiple-level, longitudinal, and indigenous study should be strengthened in the future research.

Key words: career calling, connotation, measurement, organizational behaviors