The "coconut tree" model of careers: The case of French academia

Yochanan Altman, Frank Bournois

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This research note sets out to explain the main features of the French university academic career - the "coconut tree," as it is colloquially known, setting it firmly within a social and cultural context; outlining the logic and functions of career stages, explaining its rituals and conventions, its rewards and pitfalls. These are narrated by two characteristic episodes and comparisons are drawn with Anglo-Saxon academic careers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-328
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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