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The influence of demographic variables on lecturers’ protean careers orientation


Lee, Mervyn Chia Sern and Ho, Jo Ann and Sambasivan, Murali and Wong, Foong Yee (2014) The influence of demographic variables on lecturers’ protean careers orientation. International Journal of Economics and Management, 8 (S). pp. 25-42. ISSN 1823-836X


The present study examined the influence of age, level of education and gender on two dimensions of the protean career orientation: values-driven attitude and self-directed behaviour. The results, based on 582 university lecturers, showed that age was a significant predictor for the values-driven attitude while educational level was a significant predictor for the self-directed attitude. Gender was significant for both values-driven attitude and self-directed attitude. For both these dimensions, female lecturers scored higher than male lecturers, indicating that women were more intent on using their own values (versus organisational values) to guide their careers (values-driven) and possessed a self-directed attitude towards career management. The results of this study provided a further understanding of the factors that influence protean careerists. Furthermore, both research and managerial implications associated with values-driven attitude and self-directed attitude were discussed.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Economics and Management
Putra Business School
Publisher: Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Keywords: Protean career; Lecturers; Self-directed; Values-driven
Depositing User: Mohd Hafiz Che Mahasan
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2016 00:31
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2016 00:31
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/38023
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