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Career transitions of dual‐career couples: an empirical study

Catherine R. Smith (School of Management, Edith Cowan University, Churchlands, Western Australia, Australia)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 September 1997



Presents findings from a study investigating the career transitions of a sample of dual‐career managerial couples within Australian organizations. Results confirm that job changes are complex processes, which are determined by biographical factors such as sex, age, parental status, stakeholder influence and career salience. However, they are very much influenced by work factors such as the culture of the employing organization. Recommends more flexible career paths, employment practices and managerial conventions, to facilitate the career development of the growing numbers of dual‐career couples, and to enhance labour retention and organizational productivity.



Smith, C.R. (1997), "Career transitions of dual‐career couples: an empirical study", Career Development International, Vol. 2 No. 5, pp. 229-237.




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