Quotation Mueller, Elisabeth F., Flickinger, Miriam, Dorner, Verena. 2015. Knowledge junkies or careerbuilders? A mixed-methods approach to exploring the determinants of students' intention to earn a PhD. Journal of Vocational Behavior. 90 75-89.


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What are the determinants of students' interest in earning a PhD? In this study, we use a mixed-methods approach to pursue this question. Based on qualitative interview data, we develop a model in which academic motivation and academic achievement interact with contextual factors such as working conditions to influence career intentions. We then test this model using a sample of 229 students currently enrolled in master-level courses of study at a German university. Our results speak to the role of intrinsic versus extrinsic motivations in the context of PhD intentions. In contrast to our expectations, results suggest that while intrinsic life aspirations and the intellectual challenge of gaining a PhD play a significant role for students' intention to pursue a PhD, extrinsic life aspirations and contextual determinants seem to be less influential. Furthermore, results highlight the importance of gaining familiarity and experience with academic work for students' career decisions.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Vocational Behavior
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new MAN-A+, STRAT-B, WH-A
Language English
Title Knowledge junkies or careerbuilders? A mixed-methods approach to exploring the determinants of students' intention to earn a PhD
Volume 90
Year 2015
Page from 75
Page to 89
Reviewed? Y
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2015.07.001
Open Access N

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Dorner, Verena (Details)
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Flickinger, Miriam (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany)
Mueller, Elisabeth F. (University of Passau, Germany)
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Institute for Digital Ecosystems IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5367 Management information systems (Details)
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