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The process of choosing a management career: Evaluation of gender and contextual dynamics in a comparative study of six countries: Hungary, Israel, North Cyprus, Turkey, UK and the USA

Cem Tanova (Eastern Mediterranean University, Gazimagusa, North Cyprus)
Mine Karataş‐Özkan (University of Southampton, Southampton, UK)
Gözde İnal (Queen Mary, University of London, London, UK)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 4 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this article is to identify the reasons MBA students have for their career choices, and to explore the contextual and gender‐related aspects of career choice and development, based on a comparative study carried out with participants in six countries, i.e. Hungary, Israel, North Cyprus, Turkey, the UK and the USA. The paper seeks to investigate how cultural values and beliefs and gender differentially influence the career choices of MBA students towards managerial or entrepreneurial careers.

Design/methodology/approach

A quantitative research design was applied by using a survey instrument that draws on a cross‐national study.

Findings

Differences exist in influences on career choice and development between women and men in one of the research settings (Turkey). In all six countries, women have a more societal value orientation and tend to undertake more charity work. Men are more likely to believe that “competition is the law of nature” and men appear to opt more for an entrepreneurial career route in all six countries.

Originality/value

The study provides an understanding of the major gender‐related similarities and differences in the career development of MBA students in six countries, and paves the way for further research in the field.

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Citation

Tanova, C., Karataş‐Özkan, M. and İnal, G. (2008), "The process of choosing a management career: Evaluation of gender and contextual dynamics in a comparative study of six countries: Hungary, Israel, North Cyprus, Turkey, UK and the USA", Career Development International, Vol. 13 No. 4, pp. 291-305. https://doi.org/10.1108/13620430810880790

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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