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Career management strategies among IT professionals in offshore outsourced IT firms in Sri Lanka

Career management strategies among IT professionals in offshore outsourced IT firms in Sri Lanka Purpose – The purpose of this paper is explore career management strategies used by information technology (IT) professionals full‐time employed in offshore outsourced IT firms in Sri Lanka; and to evaluate those against hierarchical plateau, job content plateau, firm size, and individual demographic characteristics that may predict the use. Design/methodology/approach – Survey methodology was used and a random sample of 119 IT professionals responded. Multiple regression was used for the data analysis. Findings – Career management strategies used by IT professionals could be broadly categorised into four areas. Hierarchical career plateau and age significantly predict the use of career strategies. Originality/value – The study provides useful information for both practitioners and academics to better understand career strategies used by IT professionals in managing their own careers and factors that predict the use of career strategies. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Management Development Emerald Publishing

Career management strategies among IT professionals in offshore outsourced IT firms in Sri Lanka

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0262-1711
DOI
10.1108/02621711111164376
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is explore career management strategies used by information technology (IT) professionals full‐time employed in offshore outsourced IT firms in Sri Lanka; and to evaluate those against hierarchical plateau, job content plateau, firm size, and individual demographic characteristics that may predict the use. Design/methodology/approach – Survey methodology was used and a random sample of 119 IT professionals responded. Multiple regression was used for the data analysis. Findings – Career management strategies used by IT professionals could be broadly categorised into four areas. Hierarchical career plateau and age significantly predict the use of career strategies. Originality/value – The study provides useful information for both practitioners and academics to better understand career strategies used by IT professionals in managing their own careers and factors that predict the use of career strategies.

Journal

Journal of Management DevelopmentEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 20, 2011

Keywords: Sri Lanka; Information technology; Career satisfaction; Career management strategies; Hierarchical plateau; Job content plateau; Offshore outsourcing

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