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The career decision-making competence: a new construct for the career realm

Andrea Ceschi (Department of Human Sciences, University of Verona, Verona, Italy)
Arianna Costantini (Department of Human Sciences, University of Verona, Verona, Italy)
Susan D. Phillips (Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, University at Albany/SUNY, Albany, New York, USA)
Riccardo Sartori (Department of Human Sciences, University of Verona, Verona, Italy)

European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012

Article publication date: 3 January 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to link findings from laboratory-based decision-making research and decision-making competence (DMC) aspects that may be central for career-related decision-making processes. Past research has identified individual differences in rational responses in decision situations, which the authors refer to as DMC. Although there is a robust literature on departures from rational responses focused on heuristics and biases (H&B) in decision-making, such evidence is largely confined to group-level differences observed in psychology laboratories and has not been extended to the realm of career development and workforce behavior.

Design/methodology/approach

By first introducing the concept of DMC and contextualizing it within organizations and the work environment, the paper outlines a review on recent development concerning debiasing interventions in organizations and provides insights on how these may be effective with regard to organizational performance and individual career development.

Findings

The contribution presents a perspective to improve knowledge about career decision-making competence (C-DMC) by presenting an approach linking decision-making research to interventions aiming at managing H&B and systematic misperceptions in career processes.

Originality/value

This contribution is one of the few linking decision-making research to the applied context of organizations and of career competences. Moreover, while some research has treated decision-making skills as traits, this contribution provides support to consider them developable as competencies.

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Citation

Ceschi, A., Costantini, A., Phillips, S.D. and Sartori, R. (2017), "The career decision-making competence: a new construct for the career realm", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 41 No. 1, pp. 8-27. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-07-2016-0047

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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