Quotation Müller, Elisabeth, Flickinger, Miriam, Dorner, Verena. 2015. Knowledge junkies or careerbuilders? A mixed-methods approach to exploring the determinants of students’ intention to earn a PhD. 77. Jahrestagung des Verbandes der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft (VHB), Wien, Österreich, 27.05.-29.05.


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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 and using insights from social cognitive career theory (Lent et al., 1994; Lent & Brown, 1996), we develop a model in which personality-related and behavioral characteristics such as intrinsic or extrinsic academic motivation and academic achievement interact with environmental factors such as working con-ditions 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. In contrast to our ex-pectations, 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 aspira-tions and external determinants seem to be less influential. Fur-thermore, results highlight the im-portance of gaining familiarity and experience with academic work for stu-dents’ career decisions.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Knowledge junkies or careerbuilders? A mixed-methods approach to exploring the determinants of students’ intention to earn a PhD
Event 77. Jahrestagung des Verbandes der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft (VHB)
Year 2015
Date 27.05.-29.05.
Country Austria
Location Wien
URL https://www.wu.ac.at/vhb

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Dorner, Verena (Details)
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Flickinger, Miriam (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany)
Müller, Elisabeth (Universität 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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