The Importance of Work Goals: An International Perspective

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The paper probes into the basic question of what individuals seek from working. Results from a representative sample of the labor force in seven countries (n = 8192) showed that the two most dominant work goals are “interesting work” and “good pay.” These were consistent internationally, across different organizational levels, between the genders and among different age categories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-93
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of International Business Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 1990

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Publisher Copyright:
© 1990, Academy of International Business.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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