Chapter 11: Career conditions in Pakistan: 'apna banda' and career growth
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This chapter examines the role of social relations on the career trajectory of Pakistani employees in local organizations. Scholarship has already highlighted the significant impact of social connections on the professional growth of individuals in India and Pakistan. The local Punjabi language word ‘mera banda’ (my man) is presented as a significant cultural framework to reveal pervasive practices of career progression in Pakistan. In line, this chapter shares the story of a professional revealing the means of career progress in a local organization.