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Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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Career anchors of managers with global careers

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Title:Career anchors of managers with global careers
Author(s):Vesa Suutari, (Department of Management, University of Vaasa, Vaasa, Finland), Milla Taka, (Department of Management, University of Vaasa, Vaasa, Finland)
Citation:Vesa Suutari, Milla Taka, (2004) "Career anchors of managers with global careers", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 23 Iss: 9, pp.833 - 847
Keywords:Career development, Globalization, International organizations
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/02621710410558440 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:The importance of understanding the careers of global leaders, who typically have careers including various international positions and assignments, has increased due to the globalization of business. One relevant approach to such careers is the internal career approach. Here the career anchor is seen as a person's self-concept, consisting of self-perceived talents, values, and the evolved sense of motives as they pertain to the career. The present study provides new evidence regarding such career anchors of global leaders through a qualitative research setting. The results of the study indicate that most managers saw that their decisions are based on two or even three career anchors instead of one dominating anchor. The most typical career anchors of the original career anchor classification were managerial competence and pure challenge. The key conclusion is the importance of the new internationalism anchor among the global leaders: the clear majority of them ranked the internationalism anchor as their major anchor or among the few major anchors.

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