عنوان مقاله [English]
Aim: The purpose of this study was to provide the answers to the below questions. (1) What are the central meta-competencies of people with protean career path in Iran? (2) What is the difference between the protean career agents and the entrepreneurs? Method: To answer the first question, career stories from individuals with the protean career path were evaluated using the qualitative approach and the grounded theory analysis method. Findings: The finding shows that besides the two meta-competency that has mentioned in the theory of Protean career orientation, there is one more meta-competency related to protean career agents that we name it ‘Exploring’. Result: The results of this study indicate that the specific features of the Iranian society have led to the emergence of special abilities in people with a protean career path. The results of a comparative investigation between entrepreneurs and people with protean career orientations also show that, despite the similarities between them, there are fundamental differences in the level of conceptual paradigm and behavioral strategies between the protean career path and entrepreneurship.