Coping with Occupational Transitions

An Empirical Study with Employees Facing Job Loss in Five European Countries

  • Editors
  • Thomas Kieselbach
  • Sebastiano Bagnara
  • Hans De Witte
  • Louis Lemkow
  • Wilmar Schaufeli

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-8
  2. Introduction

    1. Thomas Kieselbach, Sebastiano Bagnara, Hans De Witte, Louis Lemkow, Wilmar Schaufeli
      Pages 9-12
  3. Comparative Report WP 2

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
  4. National Reports

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Jan Vandoorne, Hans de Witte
      Pages 79-114
    3. Thomas Kieselbach, Gert Beelmann, Olaf Wagner
      Pages 115-167
    4. Ellen Heuven, Wilmar Schaufeli, Arnold Bakker
      Pages 169-223
    5. Sebastiano Bagnara, Leonardo Bargigli
      Pages 225-278
    6. Ramon Sentmartí, Josep Espluga, Louis Lemkow
      Pages 279-321
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 323-354

About this book


This volume assembles the main results of the EU research project "Social Convoy and Sustainable Employability: Innovative Strategies for Outplacement/Replacement Counselling" (SOCOSE) supported by GD Research of the European Commission (FP 5) in the programme "Improving the Socio-Economic Knowledge Base". The project was co-ordinated by Thomas Kieselbach from the University of Bremen.
The project is based on interdisciplinary research from five countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, and The Netherlands), in which psychologists and social scientists analysed approaches of occupational transition counselling in the sense of a "social convoy" in the course of dismissal until successful reintegration into the labour market. The empirical research is based primarily on interviews with 250 employees who were affected by changing work environments ("insecure jobs") or who had previously lost their jobs and had found new employment through the help of outplacement/ replacement counselling ("successfully reemployed"). They were questioned with regard to their experiences, expectations and evaluation of the transition period also under the perspective of experienced injustices.
For each country innovative cases of good practice are analyzed where social actors joined in order to cope with redundancy, where specific strategies were developed, e. g. targeting vulnerable groups, or where employers expressed their social responsibility towards dismissed employees in a way that could set an example for the European debate.


Arbeitslosenforschung Europäische Union (EU) Exklusion Integration Intervention Interventionsmaßnahmen Jugend SOCOSE soziale Exklusion

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