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The meaning and measurement of well-being as an indicator of success

Type of publication Not peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (non peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2014
Author Keller Anita C., Semmer Norbert K., Samuel Robin, Bergman Manfred Max,
Project Individual Trajectories of Working Life in Switzerland
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Contribution to book (non peer-reviewed)

Book Psychological, educational, and sociological perspectives on success and well-being in career develo
Editor , Keller Anita
Publisher Springer, Dordrecht
Page(s) 171 - 193
ISBN 978-94-017-8911-0
Title of proceedings Psychological, educational, and sociological perspectives on success and well-being in career develo
DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-8911-0_9

Abstract

This chapter discusses the conceptualization and measurement of well-being and success, and the relationships between the two. Many scholars in well-being research agree that well-being consists of three components (satisfaction, positive and negative affect). There are less well established definitions in the area of success. Frequently, success is conceptualized in terms of career success, distinguishing between objective and subjective indicators. These indicators most often include salary, status, and career satisfaction; they are some-times criticized for being inappropriate in current labor markets and as to their individual meaning. In this chapter, we propose to widen the understanding of career success by incorporating the broader concept of work success in terms of success episodes, referring to task performance, pro-social success, appreciation and feedback as indicators of short-term and long-term successes.
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