CAREER ORIENTATIONS OF R& WORKERS AND PRODUCTION PLANNERS IN TAIWAN
Horng, R.Y. and Lai, H.F., National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
The purpose of this study was to investigate R& worker's and production planner's characteristic patterns of career orientation as measured by Schein's (1990) Career Anchor Scale. Ninety-three R& workers (72 men and 17 women) and 103 production planners (51 men and 28 women) volunteered to complete the questionnaires for us. Results showed that R& workers scored significantly higher on the career orientation toward seeking technical challenges, whereas production planners scored higher on the management orientation. However, the fit between one's job and career orientation was not related to one's intrinsic motivation. To our surprise, the job fit for R& workers were found to decrease with age and tenure. Older R& workers or those with longer tenure tended to have lower orientation for freedom and independence and seeking technical expertise. Gender played no role in affecting R& workers' job fit. However, female production planners showed a lower career orientation toward Management than their male counterparts. These patterns of findings will be interpreted in terms of the task demands, and the environmental and cultural factors.