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SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

On-line version ISSN 2071-0763
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COETZEE, Melinde  and  SCHREUDER, Dries. Using the career orientations inventory (COI) for measuring internal career orientations in the South African organisational context. SA j. ind. Psychol. [online]. 2009, vol.35, n.1, pp.99-111. ISSN 2071-0763.

This study investigated the use of the Career Orientations Inventory as a measure to determine the career orientations of a random sample of 2 978 participants at predominantly managerial and supervisory level in the service industry. Whereas an exploratory factor analysis yielded a nine-factor structure, a confirmatory factor analysis confirmed five constructs as measures of the career orientations domain. A similar factorial pattern was observed across the African and white groups and a weaker factorial pattern across the Indian and coloured groups. The findings of this study contribute valuable new knowledge to both the practice and the field of Career Psychology.

Keywords : autonomy [independence]; career anchors; career orientations; entrepreneurial creativity; technical [functional competence].

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