A test of Holland's theory in a population of accountants

Nissim Aranya, Azy Barak, Joel Amernic

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The study examined the SDS scales and work attitudes of 1952 Canadian Chartered Accountants (Anglophones and Francophones) and Californian Certified Public Accountants. Combinations of C, E, and S were found the most frequent personality patterns, and they constitute 27.8% of the total population. Scores on these types were positively related to organizational and professional commitments, as well as to vocational satisfaction. The level of congruence was positively correlated with the vocational criteria only in the American sample. The consistency level correlated with professional commitment in the Francophone sample, whereas the differentiation score showed mixed results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-24
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1981
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors acknowledge the financial support of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants; the Professional Accounting Program, School of Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley; and the Israel Institute of Business Research, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Requests for reprints should be sent to Nissim Aranya, Faculty of Management, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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