Action regulation theory and career self-management

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Much of the responsibility for managing careers is shifting from employers to adaptive and proactive employees. A career management intervention based on action regulation theory trained 205 white collar employees to engage actively in their own career building by increasing their self-knowledge, career goal commitment, and career plan quality. As hypothesized, these three variables were positively related to subsequent career self-management behaviors, which led both directly and indirectly to career satisfaction almost 10 months after the intervention. Self-management career interventions based within an employing organization appear feasible.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)297-311
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 04.2007
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Action regulation theory, Career building, Career development, Career satisfaction, Evaluation, Intervention, Self-management behaviors
  • Management studies
  • Business psychology