Understanding the impact of extrinsic and intrinsic SCM career choice factors on career satisfaction

Robert Lorin Cook, Zachary S Williams, Richard L Divine, Sean Patrick Goffnett

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Attracting and retaining supply chain management (SCM) talent is a major concern in industry. This exploratory study utilized survey research methods to obtain perceptions of intrinsic and extrinsic career choice factors and career satisfaction held by individuals working and educated in SCM. Means tests and hierarchical regression were used to identify career choice factors and to examine the effects of intrinsic and extrinsic criteria on career satisfaction. Leadership opportunities emerged as most important to predicting career satisfaction. Other important predictors were also of an intrinsic nature, which is consistent with classic needs theory. This paper expands the application of needs theory and career theory in SCM. Individuals who place more value on careers that provide leadership opportunities, responsibility, and earnings potential are more likely to be satisfied with their careers. Managers seeking to design career paths that satisfy talent should develop a plan that aligns with what individual’s value.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Operations & Supply Chain Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013


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