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Proactivity, adaptability and boundaryless career attitudes : the mediating role of entrepreneurial alertness

Published on Feb 1, 2015in Journal of Vocational Behavior3.39
· DOI :10.1016/j.jvb.2014.11.005
Marilyn A. Uy12
Estimated H-index: 12
(NTU: Nanyang Technological University),
Kim Yin Chan13
Estimated H-index: 13
(NTU: Nanyang Technological University)
+ 2 AuthorsOleksandr S. Chernyshenko25
Estimated H-index: 25
(NTU: Nanyang Technological University)
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Abstract We examined the role of entrepreneurialism in careers in the information society and global economy, bringing together key constructs in the fields of career studies and entrepreneurship. Specifically, our study involving a diverse group of 750 undergraduate students from Singapore showed that entrepreneurial alertness to opportunities partially mediates the relation of proactive personality to boundaryless career mindset and career adaptability, but not to self-directed or protean career attitudes. Findings are discussed in relation to the contribution of entrepreneurialism to careers research and the larger issues of workforce development.
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Published on Feb 1, 2014in Journal of Vocational Behavior3.39
Laramie R. Tolentino6
Estimated H-index: 6
(ANU: Australian National University),
Patrick Raymund James M. Garcia11
Estimated H-index: 11
(ANU: Australian National University)
+ 3 AuthorsCarolin Plewa17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of Adelaide)
Abstract This study examines the psychometric properties of the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale (CAAS) and its relation to adaptivity (i.e., learning goal orientation, proactive personality, and career optimism) among Australian university students (N = 555). Results demonstrated adequate levels of test–retest reliability (r = .61 to .76) and internal consistency (α = .83 to .94) for the CAAS full scale and subscales over a 4-week interval between measurements. Confirmatory factor analysis also sup...
Published on Dec 1, 2013in Journal of Vocational Behavior3.39
Laramie R. Tolentino6
Estimated H-index: 6
(ANU: Australian National University),
Patrick Raymund James M. Garcia11
Estimated H-index: 11
(ANU: Australian National University)
+ 2 AuthorsRobert L. Tang14
Estimated H-index: 14
(La Salle University)
Abstract This paper presents the validation of the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale (CAAS) in the Philippine context. The CAAS consists of four subscales, with six items each, measuring self-regulative psychosocial resources (e.g., concern, curiosity, control, and confidence) for coping with occupational tasks and transitions. Filipino university students ( N = 289) and working adults ( N = 495) participated in the study. Internal consistency estimates for the full scale and subscales ranged from .8...
Published on Nov 18, 2013in Journal of Education and Training
Marina Z. Solesvik9
Estimated H-index: 9
(University of Oslo),
Paul Westhead45
Estimated H-index: 45
(University of Nordland)
+ 1 AuthorsVladimir N. Parsyak1
Estimated H-index: 1
Purpose – Universities provide entrepreneurship-specific education (ESE) to equip students with the entrepreneurial alertness and risk-taking assets required to pursue entrepreneurial careers. Building upon insights from a dynamic view of human capital, the paper explores the linkage between ESE investment, alertness, and risk-taking asset accumulation, and the outcome relating to the intention “to become an entrepreneur” (henceforth termed an “entrepreneurial mindset”). Design/methodology/appro...
Published on Mar 1, 2013in Career Development Quarterly0.93
Robert W. Lent55
Estimated H-index: 55
(UMD: University of Maryland, College Park)
Although the economic and social context of work appears to be changing for more and more people, the author argues that time-honored and empirically supported theories of career development continue to be relevant and useful. However, these theories and the core assumptions that underlie them (e.g., the “matching metaphor”) may need to be augmented by models and methods that help students and workers to prepare to a greater degree for difficult developmental transitions, obstacles to preferred ...
Published on Aug 1, 2012in Journal of Vocational Behavior3.39
Kim Yin Chan13
Estimated H-index: 13
(NTU: Nanyang Technological University),
Moon-Ho Ringo Ho22
Estimated H-index: 22
(NTU: Nanyang Technological University)
+ 5 AuthorsWei Ming J. Phan1
Estimated H-index: 1
(NTU: Nanyang Technological University)
Abstract We propose a person-centered framework for conceptualizing subjective careers in an increasingly boundaryless work context. Specifically, we argue that entrepreneurship, professionalism, and leadership (EPL) can serve as three key dimensions of subjective career space. We relate this framework to earlier macro-level national and organizational career models proposed by Kanter (1989) and Schein (1978). Our empirical study involving 10,326 Singaporean university students demonstrated that...
Published on Jun 1, 2012in Journal of Vocational Behavior3.39
Mark L. Savickas36
Estimated H-index: 36
(NEOMED: Northeast Ohio Medical University),
Erik J. Porfeli15
Estimated H-index: 15
(NEOMED: Northeast Ohio Medical University)
Abstract Researchers from 13 countries collaborated in constructing a psychometric scale to measure career adaptability. Based on four pilot tests, a research version of the proposed scale consisting of 55 items was field tested in 13 countries. The resulting Career Adapt-Abilities Scale (CAAS) consists of four scales, each with six items. The four scales measure concern, control, curiosity, and confidence as psychosocial resources for managing occupational transitions, developmental tasks, and ...
Published on Jun 1, 2012in Journal of Enterprising Culture
Pui-Yen Alison Say1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Margaret Patrickson8
Estimated H-index: 8
The phenomena of an aging population, changing social and economic circumstances, as well as the existential necessity of mid-life changes form the background to this investigation. Though statistics indicate that there are only a few who have considered entrepreneurship as a desirable and feasible career option in mid life, the option is becoming more attractive as the possibility of lifetime employment with a single employer becomes increasingly remote. The focus of this article is to understa...
Published on Apr 1, 2012in Journal of Vocational Behavior3.39
Jon P. Briscoe12
Estimated H-index: 12
(NIU: Northern Illinois University),
Stephanie C. Henagan7
Estimated H-index: 7
(NIU: Northern Illinois University)
+ 1 AuthorsWendy Marcinkus Murphy9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Babson College)
Abstract In this paper, we utilize a sample of working adults ( N = 362) in the context of the recent economic recession to explore the coping mechanisms associated with different career attitudes and their subsequent impact on important individual work outcomes. Results of structural equation modeling (SEM) demonstrated that boundaryless mindset and self-directed protean career attitudes were differentially correlated with external support seeking, active coping, and identity awareness, which i...
Published on Jan 1, 2012in Journal of Business Venturing6.33
Jintong Tang15
Estimated H-index: 15
(SLU: Saint Louis University),
K. Michele Kacmar55
Estimated H-index: 55
(UA: University of Alabama),
Lowell W. Busenitz33
Estimated H-index: 33
(OU: University of Oklahoma)
Abstract The recognition and development of new opportunities are at the heart of entrepreneurship. Building from Kirzner's (1973, 1999) work, cognition theory, and McMullen and Shepherd's (2006) recent development, we offer a model involving three distinct elements of alertness: scanning and search, association and connection, and evaluation and judgment. We then conduct multiple studies to develop and validate a 13-item alertness scale that captures these three dimensions. Results demonstrate ...
Published on Oct 1, 2011in Australian journal of career development
Shruti R. Sardeshmukh9
Estimated H-index: 9
(UniSA: University of South Australia),
Ronda M. Smith-Nelson1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UGA: University of Georgia)
Entrepreneurship as a career option has become increasingly desirable, and there is a real need to develop an opportunity-oriented entrepreneurial mindset among tertiary students. Current entrepreneurship education heavily relies on the linear process of business planning and rarely encourages the complex and non-linear thinking patterns necessary for entrepreneurial careers. Based on a theory-driven understanding of the nature of opportunity recognition, we propose a two-pronged approach combin...
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Published on Nov 1, 2018in Journal of Business Research4.03
Charlotta Sirén6
Estimated H-index: 6
(HSG: University of St. Gallen),
Vinit Parida14
Estimated H-index: 14
(University of Vaasa)
+ 1 AuthorsJoakim Wincent27
Estimated H-index: 27
(Hanken School of Economics)
Abstract We investigate the influence of entrepreneurs' temporal preferences on the alertness–effectuation association in the early opportunity creation process. Although temporal cognitions of planning and flexible pacing are generally beneficial in organizational settings, we ask whether they constrain effectuation efforts when there is increasing alertness. Using survey data from 92 entrepreneurs running Swedish ventures, we find that entrepreneurial alertness has a positive association with ...
Published on Aug 1, 2019in Nurse Education Today2.44
Öznur İspir , Esengül Elibol , Betül Sönmez2
Estimated H-index: 2
Abstract Purpose This study was performed to reveal the relationship of nursing students' personality traits and entrepreneurship tendency with career adaptability. Method This descriptive and correlational study's sample consisted of the junior and senior students in the nursing faculty of a state university in Istanbul (n = 265). The data was collected using the Student Information Questionnaire, Career Adapt-Abilities Scale, Ten Item Personality Inventory, and Scale of University Students Ent...
Published on Jun 3, 2019
Lalit Sharma1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India)
Purpose Entrepreneurial alertness is a key factor in business opportunity identification. Scholars have determined that successful entrepreneurs have high levels of entrepreneurial alertness, but only a limited number of studies are available on the concept. One of the major reasons identified is the fragmented constituents and less knowledge of the components determining the level of alertness. The present study aims to integrate the varied research on entrepreneurial alertness, identify its co...
Published on May 6, 2019in Psychological Reports1.02
Melinde Coetzee22
Estimated H-index: 22
(UNISA: University of South Africa),
Louise Engelbrecht (UNISA: University of South Africa)
The study examines employability attributes as psychological mechanisms that explain the link between the career adaptation concerns and self-perceived employability of a sample of professionally q...
Published on May 1, 2019in Management and labour studies
Sayoni Santra (IIT-KGP: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur), Vijai N. Giri8
Estimated H-index: 8
(IIT-KGP: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur)
Indian Information Technology (IT) market is going through a dynamic state of existence with employment uncertainties, but simultaneously creating promising opportunities. Amidst such unpredictability and possibilities, Indian IT professionals have been striving hard to build a career identity, demonstrating their capabilities to withstand unforeseen and abrupt vocational shocks. In career construction, such capability comes from career adaptability, reflected through resources of concern, contr...
Hina Munir2
Estimated H-index: 2
(NPU: Northwestern Polytechnical University),
Cai Jianfeng3
Estimated H-index: 3
(NPU: Northwestern Polytechnical University),
Sidra Ramzan (NPU: Northwestern Polytechnical University)
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to extend the existing literature on entrepreneurial intentions (EIs) by employing the integrated model of personality traits and the theory of planned behavior (TPB). It further examines the mediating role of TPB’s dimensions between personality traits and EIs of final-year university students in two diverse economies: China and Pakistan. Design/methodology/approach The paper uses a survey method for data collection, administered both in electronic and paper...
Published on Apr 1, 2019in Tourism Management Perspectives
Homayoun Pasha Safavi (European University of Lefka), Mona Bouzari1
Estimated H-index: 1
(European University of Lefka)
Abstract Referring to career construction theory, this study tried to examine the association between psychological capital, career adaptability and career competency. Data were collected from 193 frontline employees in five-star hotels in North Cyprus in three different waves through a two-week time lag. The results clearly proved that there is a significant relationship between psychological capital and career adaptability. Additionally, career adaptability has a positive impact on career comp...
Published on Feb 1, 2019in Personality and Individual Differences2.00
Brownhilder Ngek Neneh3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of the Free State)
Abstract Entrepreneurial alertness is a vital component in entrepreneurship that plays an important role in opportunity recognition. However, moving from the stage of alertness to eventually engage in business gestation activities has received limited attention over the years. In an attempt to address this gap, the present study examined the role played by action-oriented personality traits (i.e. trait competitiveness and proactive personality) in the transition from opportunity recognition to e...
Published on Feb 1, 2019in Journal of Vocational Behavior3.39
Ricardo Rodrigues Arinto Martins Rodrigues6
Estimated H-index: 6
('KCL': King's College London),
Christina Butler10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Kingston Business School),
David Guest41
Estimated H-index: 41
('KCL': King's College London)
Abstract Research on protean and boundaryless career orientations has explored their consequences for individuals and organizations while largely ignoring their key antecedents. Our paper address this omission by exploring three potential antecedents of contemporary careers - core self-evaluations (CSEs), social capital and perceived employability. Findings from a longitudinal study of university students transitioning into the labour market support the role of these constructs as antecedents of...