An Analysis of the Work Patterns of Salaried Professionals Over Three Career Stages.

J. A. Raelin
  • Academy of Management Proceedings, August 1984, The Academy of Management
  • DOI: 10.5465/ambpp.1984.4978206

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A discriminant analysis was performed on a sample (n=114) of salaried professionals to distinguish work patterns among three age groups corresponding to early, middle, and late career stages. Three distinct profiles were generated by the two significant discriminant functions which emerged. The three career stage groups were given identifying labels: "finding a niche," "digging in," and "entrenching." The findings support a life cycle hypothesis of aging and work patterns, although there is some substantiation for the cohort and aging hypotheses in the literature. Scenarios for each of the three career stages are provided.

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