Leadership and People Management

How and When Do Core Self-Evaluations Predict Career Satisfaction? The Roles of Positive Goal Emotions and Occupational Embeddedness

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We draw on theories of self-verification and situational strength to examine how and when core self-evaluations (CSE) predict career satisfaction. We tested our hypotheses using a time-lagged study with 139 alumni of two business schools across three measurement waves. Results showed that compared to individuals with lower CSE those with higher CSE were more satisfied with their careers because they associated more positive emotions with pursuing their career goals. However, a high degree of occupational embeddedness attenuated the indirect effect of the CSE?career satisfaction relationship through positive goal emotions and compensated for low levels of positive goal emotions.We discuss theoretical and practical implications.
Bibliographic citation: Holtschlag, C.; Reiche, Sebastian; Masuda, A.D., "How and When Do Core Self-Evaluations Predict Career Satisfaction? The Roles of Positive Goal Emotions and Occupational Embeddedness", Applied Psychology: An International Review, Vol. 68, No. 1, 2019, pp 126 - 149

Reference: 10.1111/apps.12153 (DOI)
Date: 01/01/2019
Author(s): Holtschlag, C.; Reiche, Sebastian; Masuda, A.D.
Document type: Article in Journal (refereed)
Languages: English