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ERIC Number: EJ881639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 88
ISSN: ISSN-1069-0727
The Psychological Work Preferences of Business Students
Gilbert, G. Ronald; Burnett, Meredith; Leartsurawat, Watcharaphong
Journal of Career Assessment, v18 n2 p189-206 2010
This study examines work preferences of 984 students across 6 disciplines within a business school--accounting, finance, information technology/decision science, management and international business, marketing, and hospitality management. Differences are found on 11 of the 17 measures. As predicted, we found that (a) accounting, finance, and information technology/ decision sciences students have the strongest preferences for analyzing data, (b) information technology/decision sciences students have the strongest preferences for working with objects, (c) marketing students have the strongest preferences for interacting verbally, being liked by others, and working with ideas, and (d) hospitality management students have the strongest preferences for helping others. These findings shed light on differences that exist among business students. These differences have important implications for faculty, career counselors, practitioners, and leaders of interdisciplinary cross-functional teams. The potential for academic ethnocentrism as a result of the psychological differences found is also discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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