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Will the Internet of People, Things and Services (IoPTS) be Too Much of a Good Thing for Sustainable Career Management?

This study will explore how the Internet of People, Things and Services (IoPTS) provides both opportunities for advancing employees’ careers, as well as potential concerns that employees will need attend to as the IoPTS inevitably becomes a common part of the career and technology landscape. A sustainable careers framework will be offered to help explain how IoPTS plays a role within the individual career management ecosystem. The Too Much of a Good Thing (TMGT) effect will also be introduced and applied to investigate what may happen when high usage levels of the otherwise benign IoPTS occur. Propositions will be offered broadly focusing on the following research question: will the IoPTS be too much of a good thing for individual career management leading to unexpected and undesired career outcomes? Future research opportunities are offered, along with practitioner realities that should also be considered.

Veronica M. Godshalk
Penn State University, Brandywine
United States


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