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Using the career orientations inventory (COI) for measuring internal career orientations in the South African organisational context

Melinde Coetzee, Dries Schreuder
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 35, No 1 | a806 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v35i1.806 | © 2009 Melinde Coetzee, Dries Schreuder | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 February 2009 | Published: 23 July 2009

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Melinde Coetzee, University of South Africa, South Africa
Dries Schreuder, University of South Africa, South Africa

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This study investigated the use of the Career Orientations Inventory as a measure to determine the career orientations of a random sample of 2 978 participants at predominantly managerial and supervisory level in the service industry. Whereas an exploratory factor analysis yielded a nine-factor structure, a confirmatory factor analysis confirmed five constructs as measures of the career orientations domain. A similar factorial pattern was observed across the African and white groups and a weaker factorial pattern across the Indian and coloured groups. The findings of this study contribute valuable new knowledge to both the practice and the field of Career Psychology.


autonomy/independence; career anchors; career orientations; entrepreneurial creativity; technical/ functional competence


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