dc.contributor.authorJoseph, Damien
dc.contributor.authorBoh, Wai Fong
dc.contributor.authorAng, Soon
dc.contributor.authorSlaughter, Sandra A.
dc.identifier.citationJoseph, D., Boh, W. F., Ang, S., & Slaughter, S. (2012). The career paths less (or more) traveled: A sequence analysis of IT career histories, mobility patterns, and career success. MIS Quarterly, 36(2), 427-452.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the objective career histories, mobility patterns, and career success of 500 individuals drawn from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY79), who had worked in the information technology workforce. Sequence analysis of career histories shows that careers of the IT workforce are more diverse than the traditional view of a dual IT career path (technical versus managerial). This study reveals a new career typology comprising three broad, distinct paths: IT careers; professional labor market (PLM) careers; and secondary labor market (SLM) careers. Of the 500 individuals in the IT workforce, 173 individuals pursued IT careers while the remaining 327 individuals left IT for other high-status non-IT professional jobs in PLM or lower-status, non-IT jobs in SLM careers. Findings from this study contribute to refining the concept of "boundaryless" careers. By tracing the diverse trajectories of career mobility, we enrich our understanding of how individuals construct boundaryless careers that span not only organizational but also occupational boundaries. Career success did not differ in terms of average pay for individuals in IT and PLM careers. By contrast, individuals in SLM careers attained the lowest pay. We conclude this study with implications for future research and for the management of IT professionals' careers.en_US
dc.format.extent35 p.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesMIS quarterlyen_US
dc.rights© 2012 University of Minnesota, Management Information Systems Research Center. This paper was published in MIS quarterly and is made available as an electronic reprint (preprint) with permission of University of Minnesota, Management Information Systems Research Center. The paper can be found at the following url http://misq.org/the-career-paths-less-or-more-traveled-a-sequence-analysis-of-it-career-histories-mobility-patterns-and-career-success.html. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic or multiple reproduction, distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.en_US
dc.subjectDRNTU::Business::General::Careers and profession
dc.titleThe career paths less (or more) traveled : a sequence analysis of IT career histories, mobility patterns, and career successen_US
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.contributor.schoolCollege of Business (Nanyang Business School)en_US
dc.description.versionPublished Versionen_US

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