ERIC Number: ED320467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Career Plateaus among Managers.
Chao, Georgia T.; Gardner, Philip D.
Data from managers were used to compare a perceptually based measure of career plateau with the traditional measure based on job tenure. Subjects were 1,253 alumni from 10 graduation classes who received baccalaureate degrees between the years 1952 and 1985 from a large public university in the Midwest. On a questionnaire, perceptions of a career plateau were measured by three items related to opportunities for promotion and career future. Another measure of plateau was defined by job tenure. Results from four outcome measures (intrinsic job satisfaction, extrinsic job satisfaction, organizational identification, and career planning) showed the perceptually based measure of career plateaus to account for significantly more variance than the job tenure-based measure. Hierarchical regression analyses for the managerial sample supported job tenure as a moderator of the relationship between a perceived career plateau and the hypothesized outcomes. The negative effects of a career plateau were most pronounced when the plateau was perceived during the early years of an individual's job tenure. Results are discussed with regard to the perception, adjustment, and consequences of career plateaus. Contains 26 references. (JDD)
Descriptors: Administrators, Career Ladders, Employment Level, Higher Education, Managerial Occupations, Measures (Individuals), Occupational Aspiration, Occupational Mobility, Perception, Promotion (Occupational), Self Evaluation (Individuals), Tenure
Collegiate Employment Research Institute, Michigan State University, 113 Student Services, East Lansing, MI 48824 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Collegiate Employment Research Inst.