Career Choice in Management and Entrepreneurship
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Career Choice in Management and Entrepreneurship

A Research Companion

Edited by Mustafa F. Özbilgin and Ayala Malach-Pines

Although a large and steadily growing research literature attests to an interest in management and entrepreneurship, little research has focused on comparative assessment of the career choices and trajectories of managers and entrepreneurs. This timely book fills the gap by presenting an assessment of early influences on the career choice of managers and entrepreneurs, their attitudes at the start of their careers as students, and in their later employment experiences.
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Chapter 1: Convergence and Divergence of Influences on Career Choice: A Comparative Analysis of Influences on Career Choices of MBA Students in China, Ghana, Greece, Israel, Korea, North Cyprus, Turkey and the UK

Barbara P. Dexter, Cynthia Forson, Gözde Inal, Fatma Küskü, Mustafa F. Özbilgin and Mine Karatas-Özkan


1. Convergence and divergence of influences on career choice: a comparative analysis of influences on career choices of MBA students in China, Ghana, Greece, Israel, Korea, North Cyprus, Turkey and the UK Barbara P. Dexter, Cynthia Forson, Gözde Inal, Mine Karatas -Özkan, Fatma Küskü, Mustafa ¸ F. Özbilgin, Ayala Malach-Pines, Cem Tanova and Jeongkoo Yoon INTRODUCTION The international spread and proliferation of MBA programmes have attracted scholarly attention to the career choices of MBA students (Simmering and Wilcox, 1995) as well as to individual and organizational benefits of MBA programmes (Leeming and Baruch, 1998; Simpson, 2000). MBA programmes originated in the USA at the beginning of the last century and have spread internationally (Baruch and Peiperl, 2003). The development of management education and MBA programmes is a part of this expansion, following the aforementioned international trend. However, the research to date has remained largely at a single level, either failing to recognize the situated and embodied nature of career choice across time and space or failing to recognize individual choice as relevant due to on over-emphasis on structural constraints. Exploring crossnational variation in multiple influences on career choice is the main purpose of this chapter. This chapter not only reveals convergence and divergence of influences of career choice across national borders, it also allows for a reading of individual choice in the context of individual and structural circumstances. 23 24 Career choice of MBA students This chapter takes a critical perspective on career...

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