Career success according to black middle managers in the knowledge environment
- Authors: Khoza, Nkosithathi
- Date: 2012-06-05
- Subjects: Career success , Knowledge environment , Black managers , Career development management
- Type: Mini-Dissertation
- Identifier: uj:2411 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/4863
- Description: M. Phil. , The main issue of this article concerns the lack of research regarding black managers' career success and progress. A qualitative study was conducted to gain knowledge on the career success from the personal experiences of South African black middle managers in the knowledge-based work environment. The case-study method was adopted as a research strategy to gather in-depth data regarding the career situation of these managers. The research participants were obtained through the snowballing sampling technique. They comprised of African managers, who work in the communication, insurance, information technology and banking sectors in South Africa. Semi-structured interviews were used as a means of gathering the data. Rich insights were obtained and thematic data analysis revealed the following themes: context, opportunities, education, proving oneself, career mobility, achievements, acknowledgement, values, relationships, and making a difference and contributing something of value. The study supported accepted viewpoints and models in career literature. Moreover, it synthesised these constructs into a career developmental model. Finally, key practical implications of the findings as well as recommendations for future research were presented.
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The role of locus of control and achievement motivation in the work performance of black managers.
- Authors: Bothma, A.C. , Schepers, J.M.
- Date: 1997
- Subjects: Work performance , Black managers , Locus of control , Achievement motivation
- Type: Article
- Identifier: uj:6329 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/1075
- Description: The primary objective of this study was to predict the work performance of Black managers by using three measures of Locus of Control and five measures of Achievement Motivation. Work performance was assessed by superiors with the aid of the Performance Appraisal Questionnaire of Schepers (1994) which yields three scores, viz, Work Performance, Creativity/Initiative and Management Skills. The sample comprised 102 Black male employees in supervisory and more senior positions in a diversified and geographically dispersed chemical company. In analysing the data, the three sets of measures were intercorrelated and subjected to a factor analysis. Three factors were identified; amongst others a factor representing work performance. A composite score was accordingly computed which served as the criterion measure in a regression analysis. Furthermore, a canonical correlation procedure was used to maximise the correlation between the predictor variables and the dependent variables. Two statistically significant canonical correlations were obtained. It was found that both the Locus of Control Inventory and the Achievement Motivation Questionnaire can be used as predictors of work performance as assessed by means of the Performance Appraisal Questionnaire (PA).
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