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South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences

On-line version ISSN 2222-3436

Abstract

VAN STADEN, Roelof  and  DU TOIT, Adeline. Career development of South African knowledge workers. S. Afr. j. econ. manag. sci. (Online) [online]. 2011, vol.14, n.1, pp. 80-91. ISSN 2222-3436.

The demand for knowledge workers is on the increase, yet little is known about their career perceptions and attitudes. The objective of this article is to determine the factors affecting the career development of knowledge workers in South Africa. Part-time learners of a postgraduate course were used as a purposive sample and 82 completed questionnaires were received. The results of the online survey provide an interesting look at the unique career issues knowledge workers experience from a South African perspective. Issues identified dealt with the lack of importance placed upon organisational training, the lack of interest in temporary work assignments and the low importance placed on learning from mentors. Organisations need to take note of their reward structures as knowledge workers have indicated that promotions and rewards based on their knowledge is insufficient.

Keywords : career perceptions; knowledge economy; knowledge workers.

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