Career Ambition and Performance: A Socio-Analytic Perspective

Hong Bui, Davide Secchi, Thanh Nguyen, Yehuda Baruch, Nhuan Mai

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Career ambition and its relationship with performance are important but understudied. Drawing on the socio-analytic theory, we develop a model of career ambition framed as ‘getting ahead’ and ‘getting along’ in relation to job satisfaction and performance. We propose that career ambition is related to performance indirectly through mediation of self-efficacy, professionalism, teamwork, and decision making. Data from 973 dyads of Vietnamese knowledge workers and their managers in the public sector generally supported our model. Specifically, while there is no direct link between career ambition and performance, the relationship is mediated through self-efficacy and teamwork. Implications for managers are highlighted.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016
EventAcademy of Management, Annual Meeting: Making Organizations Meaningful - Los Angeles, Anaheim, CA, USA United States
Duration: 5 Aug 201610 Aug 2016


ConferenceAcademy of Management, Annual Meeting
Abbreviated titleAoM
Country/TerritoryUSA United States
CityAnaheim, CA
Internet address


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