Paid Employee or Entrepreneur? How Approach and Avoidance Career Goal Orientations Motivate Individual Career Choice Decisions

Journal of Career Development, 1-19, 2015, DOI: 10.1177/0894845315602119

19 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2015 Last revised: 16 Dec 2016

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Peter Jaskiewicz

University of Ottawa - Telfer School of Management

Andrew A. Luchak

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

In‐Sue Oh

Temple University - Department of Human Resource Management

Simone Chlosta

EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht - EBS Business School

Date Written: August 31, 2015

Abstract

The focus of much career choice research is framed around a uni-dimensional conceptualization of motivation in which the tendency to approach a career assumes a proportionately equal and opposite willingness to avoid it. Drawing upon Regulatory Focus Theory we advance a dual-channel model of career choice which allows us to capture the competing goal orientations leading individuals to approach and avoid any given career choice decision. Our results support our main hypothesis that both promotion and prevention career goal orientations mediate the relationship between individual differences, situational characteristics, and career choices in either paid employment or entrepreneurship.

Keywords: regulatory focus theory, career goal orientations, career choice, entrepreneurship

Suggested Citation

Jaskiewicz, Peter and Luchak, Andrew A. and Oh, In-Sue and Chlosta, Simone, Paid Employee or Entrepreneur? How Approach and Avoidance Career Goal Orientations Motivate Individual Career Choice Decisions (August 31, 2015). Journal of Career Development, 1-19, 2015, DOI: 10.1177/0894845315602119. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2676139

Peter Jaskiewicz (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Telfer School of Management ( email )

136 Jean-Jacques Lussier Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Canada

Andrew A. Luchak

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

In-Sue Oh

Temple University - Department of Human Resource Management ( email )

1801 Liacouras Walk
Alter Hall 343
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.fox.temple.edu/mcm_people/in-sue-oh/

Simone Chlosta

EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht - EBS Business School ( email )

Gustav-Stresemann-Ring 3
65189 Wiesbaden, Hessen
Germany

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