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Publication date: 1 April 2000

Ghulam R. Nabi

It is generally assumed that career‐enhancing strategies are instrumental in the career self‐management process. Yet, there is a paucity of empirical research on the…

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It is generally assumed that career‐enhancing strategies are instrumental in the career self‐management process. Yet, there is a paucity of empirical research on the predictors of career‐enhancing strategies. Using a career strategy model as a guiding framework, this paper examined the relationship of motivational attributes and organizational experiences with career‐enhancing strategies (expertise development, self‐nomination and networking). Motivational attributes were conceptualized as advancement motivation and work/career centrality, whereas organizational experiences incorporated advancement prospects and job security. Questionnaire data were collected from full‐time public sector employees (N = 288) in the UK. The results indicated that, according to expectations: advancement prospects were positively and consistently related to all three career‐enhancing strategies; advancement motivation was positively related to expertise development and self‐nomination; and work‐orientated centrality was positively related to expertise development and networking. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed, together with avenues for further research.

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Career Development International, vol. 5 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1362-0436

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Article
Publication date: 1 February 2002

Patrick Chang Boon Lee

Examines the career goals and career management strategy among information technology (IT) professionals. With regard to career goals, found that IT professionals seek to…

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Examines the career goals and career management strategy among information technology (IT) professionals. With regard to career goals, found that IT professionals seek to advance their careers in three ways. The first two involve standard career paths. The third career path, termed technopreneurship, involves IT professionals setting up their own technology‐related business. With regard to career management strategy, the results showed that: career planning is positively related to career strategy; career strategy is positively related to professional enhancement; and professional enhancement is positively related to career satisfaction. One important implication is that it is important for computer professionals to plan and strategize their own career. This would lead to greater career satisfaction.

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Career Development International, vol. 7 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1362-0436

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Article
Publication date: 22 October 2019

This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.

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Purpose

This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.

Design/methodology/approach

This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.

Findings

This research paper concentrates on investigating career strategies of Malaysian generation Y employees, and uncovers that pursuing a creating career opportunities strategy, a seeking career guidance strategy, or a self-nomination strategy positively influences self-directedness in individuals. Yet far fewer female than male respondents pursued a creating career opportunities strategy driven by career self-directedness at their career establishment stage, but both genders did equally seek career guidance from mentors in a strategic way.

Originality/value

The briefing saves busy executives, strategists and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy-to-digest format.

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Strategic Direction, vol. 35 no. 12
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Book part
Publication date: 2 May 2006

Janine Golden

Leadership development is a significant issue in public libraries and library administrators debate, among other topics, how to achieve it for the middle-level manager. At…

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Leadership development is a significant issue in public libraries and library administrators debate, among other topics, how to achieve it for the middle-level manager. At the present time, library organizations use leadership and management workshops, seminars, and institutes to assist with managers’ organizational learning processes. Current literature indicates that additional strategies such as career planning, mentoring, networking, acquiring adequate qualifications and experience, professional involvement, and continuing education are used not only to facilitate middle-level managers’ career development, but also to help organizations fill the leadership gaps within their ranks.

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Advances in Library Administration and Organization
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-84950-403-4

Article
Publication date: 24 February 2012

Florence Yean Yng Ling and Sing Yee Lee

Career development involves how employees manage their career advancement. This study aims to investigate the relevance of Sun Tzu's Art of War to career development of…

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Purpose

Career development involves how employees manage their career advancement. This study aims to investigate the relevance of Sun Tzu's Art of War to career development of construction professionals with the aim of suggesting strategies that may be adopted for career development.

Design/methodology/approach

The data collection technique was in‐depth interviews with 32 subjects who are Singapore‐based construction professionals. The subjects were asked 13 open‐ended questions which were developed based on the Art of War.

Findings

The main findings on the effective career development strategies are: outperforming peers by developing deep job experience and delivering excellent performance; adopting a team member posture before moving on to a team leader stance; handling office politics and conflicts effectively; maintaining flexibility and manoeuvrability in one's career; networking; and acquiring foreknowledge.

Research limitations/implications

The study is qualitative in nature, thus, the actual effectiveness of the recommendations for career development is not known. There may also be some more strategies undisclosed by interviewees as sharing them may cause them to lose their competitive advantage.

Practical implications

The effective strategies for career development are found. Construction professionals may adopt some military strategies that may help them in their career development.

Social implications

The relevance of military strategies to career development in construction firms suggests that career progression is akin to war, where winning is important and strategizing to win is necessary.

Originality/value

In this paper military strategies are mapped onto career development, and relevant career advancement strategies are identified.

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Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, vol. 19 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0969-9988

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Article
Publication date: 3 April 2017

Siew Chin Wong, Roziah Mohd Rasdi, Bahaman Abu Samah and Nor Wahiza Abdul Wahat

The purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of organizational-related variables and the moderating role of career strategies on protean career among employees.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of organizational-related variables and the moderating role of career strategies on protean career among employees.

Design/methodology/approach

Research data are gathered from a sample of 306 employees in 18 electrical and electronics multinational corporations (MNCs) in Malaysia. Partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) is used to examine the influences of organizational-related factors and the moderating role of career strategies on protean career.

Findings

The results demonstrate that organizational-related variables, namely, employability culture and mentoring are viewed as potential predictors of protean career. There are significant moderating effects of career strategies on the relationship between both employability culture and mentoring toward protean career among employees.

Research limitations/implications

This paper provides an empirical framework to explain protean career based on the review of career-related literatures.

Practical implications

The findings provide implications to both organizations and human resource development practitioners on new career trends of protean career. Practical interventions are suggested to assist individuals and organizations toward protean career development.

Originality/value

This paper offers new insight into the predicting factors of protean career and its moderating role on career strategies.

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European Journal of Training and Development, vol. 41 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2046-9012

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Article
Publication date: 1 June 2015

Siew Chin Wong and Roziah Mohd Rasdi

The purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of individually related variables and the moderating role of career strategies on protean career among professionals in…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of individually related variables and the moderating role of career strategies on protean career among professionals in Malaysian Electrical & Electronics (E & E) industry.

Design/methodology/approach

Research data were gathered from a sample of 306 of professional employees in 18 E & E multinational corporations in Malaysia. Partial least squares structural equation modelling was employed to examine the influences of individually related factors and the moderating role of career strategies on protean career.

Findings

The results demonstrate that individually related variables, namely, self-efficacy, outcome expectation, goal orientation and locus of control are viewed as potential predictors of protean career. There are significant moderating effects of career strategies on the relationship between goal orientation and protean career among professional employees.

Research limitations/implications

This paper provide an empirical framework to explain protean career based on the review of career-related literatures.

Practical implications

The findings provide implications to both individuals and human resource development (HRD) practitioners on new career trends of protean career. Practical interventions are suggested to assist individuals and organizations towards protean career development.

Social implications

This paper supports individual protean career development.

Originality/value

This paper offers new insight into the predicting factors of protean career and its moderating role on career strategies.

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European Journal of Training and Development, vol. 39 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2046-9012

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Article
Publication date: 1 December 2000

Doug Counsell and Juliana Popova

This article offers an exploratory first look at the career‐related perceptions and strategies of young careerists in today’s democratic and market‐oriented Bulgaria. It…

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This article offers an exploratory first look at the career‐related perceptions and strategies of young careerists in today’s democratic and market‐oriented Bulgaria. It identifies major social, political and economic developments that have shaped the Bulgarian nation and presents and discusses survey data which reveal factors influencing careerists’ thoughts and decisions, levels of (and reasons for) career optimism‐pessimism, and strategies used in the pursuit of career advancement. Where appropriate, comparative data are employed from two previous studies – one focusing on UK careerists, the other on Ethiopian careerists. The young Bulgarian careerists of the current study are relatively pessimistic about their career prospects and, while they report that they utilise the same seven career strategies that are common in the USA and the UK, they also suggest that “corruption” is an important additional career strategy in modern Bulgaria.

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Career Development International, vol. 5 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1362-0436

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Article
Publication date: 12 June 2019

Siew Chin Wong and Roziah Mohd Rasdi

The purpose of this paper is to examine the influence of generation Y’s career establishment strategies on self-directedness career and to determine the moderation effect…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the influence of generation Y’s career establishment strategies on self-directedness career and to determine the moderation effect of gender on the relationship.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 188 full-time employees from different functional areas and departments of selected MNCs in Malaysian Electrical and Electronic Industry. Partial least squares structural equation modeling was used to examine the influences of establishment strategies and the moderating role of gender on self-directedness career.

Findings

Findings show that there are significant positive relationship between career strategies and self-directedness career at career establishment stages of generation Y. There is a significant difference between males and females in career establishment strategy (i.e. creating career opportunities) and self-directedness career.

Research limitations/implications

This paper explains self-directedness career based on the review of related career literatures whereby some may not specifically referring to Generation Y.

Practical implications

Such insights are useful for HRD practitioners dto develop relevant HRD interventions to assist individuals and organizations in career development.

Originality/value

This paper offers new insight into the predictors of self-directedness career and the moderating role of gender on the relationships.

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European Journal of Training and Development, vol. 43 no. 5/6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2046-9012

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Article
Publication date: 1 April 2006

Hiroshi Yamamoto

The present study has two purposes. One is to investigate the relationship between an Inter‐Organizational Career Orientation (IOCO) of employees and their career

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Purpose

The present study has two purposes. One is to investigate the relationship between an Inter‐Organizational Career Orientation (IOCO) of employees and their career strategies. The second is to investigate the effects of the career attitudes that an IOCO has on employee career strategies.

Design/methodology/approach

The facts and conclusions presented in this paper were obtained from a study of 365 employees from 16 companies. A multiple regression analysis was adopted for testing hypotheses.

Findings

With regard to the first objective, it was determined that IOCO has a positive effect on inter‐organizational career strategies (career exploration) and a negative one on organizational career strategies (self‐nomination). With regard to the second objective, the moderating effects of career attitudes toward the relationships described as follows became clear: job involvement of employees with regard to the relationship between IOCO and creating career opportunities; job involvement of employees with regard to the relationship between IOCO and self‐nomination; job involvement of employees with regard to the relationship between IOCO and career insight; and career goal commitment of employees with regard to the relationship between IOCO and challenging work behavior.

Research limitations/implications

An analysis according to demographic factors and the implementation of longitudinal research are suggested as future research subjects.

Originality/value

This paper showed that IOCO contributed not only to the rejection of organizational career strategies but also to that of organizational and inter‐organizational career strategies. “Domain fit hypothesis” was verified in new organizational behavioral concepts between career orientation and a career strategy.

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Career Development International, vol. 11 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1362-0436

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