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Unexpected change: Career transitions following a significant extra-organisational shock

Join us for a Directors’ Deep Dive with University of Canterbury’s Business School

Russell Wordsworth
12:15pm — 1:45pm, 23 November 2021
The George
50 Park Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
Price members
$25.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$50.00 incl GST


How did the 2011 Christchurch earthquake sequence translate into career shocks? What can we learn from this about how individuals will respond to the current COVID-19 crisis? 

Dr Wordsworth’s research focuses on the 2011 Christchurch earthquake followed by 18 months of aftershocks in the Canterbury region of New Zealand - and examines the lived experiences of 31 employees who left their jobs following these earthquakes. Understanding how natural disasters lead to career transitions may shed light on similar extra-organisational shocks, such as the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, which is likely to have a significant impact on the careers of many individuals around the world. 

This interactive discussion-style event will be capped at 15 attendees. You will be encouraged to ask questions and actively contribute your perspectives.   

Dr Russell Wordsworth

Dean of Business, UC Business School
Russell completed his PhD in Management at the University of Canterbury. Russell's PhD thesis examined employee turnover decision making in a post-crisis context. His core research interests center on employee turnover and retention, both from the perspective of identifying the factors that drive turnover and on understanding the decision processes involved in leaving and staying. Other areas of research interest include ethics in human resource management; employee recruitment and selection; and careers related research. At present Russell is particularly interested in understanding the processes involved in career transitions from self-employment to organisational employment, he is also coordinating an international study examining the role of the human resource function in promoting ethical behaviour in organisations in South Africa, New Zealand and China.

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Canterbury Branch Manager

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  • Christchurch

    23 Nov 2021
    Members — $25.00
    Non-members — $50.00

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