n Acta Commercii - Designation differences and academic career progression : original research

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2413-1903
  • E-ISSN: 1684-1999



According to the human resources literature, academics may need to 'balance' certain issues in order to enable career progression.

This research sought to test the theory that predicted differences between individuals by designation cohort membership (Mr/Ms, doctoral and professorial designation) in order to make recommendations for how academic staff could better facilitate their career development.
This research attempted to identify certain 'crisis milestones' that reflect potential role conflicts that may constrain academic career progression.
Academic staff of a large South African university (with over 30 000 students) provided the sampling frame for an empirical study. Using logistic regression, three career markers that reflect different career cohorts - Mr/Ms designation, doctoral designation and professorial designation - were each regressed on a range of biographical and contextual factors derived from the literature and a comparative analysis was performed.
Findings suggest that these cohorts differ significantly according to: satisfaction with teaching; satisfaction with administration; research self-efficacy; and dependent children. 'Crisis milestones', potentially related to role conflicts, might need to be resolved before career progression to doctoral and professorial designations can occur.
Knowledge of these 'crisis milestones' can be used to help academics to manage role conflicts and issues. This might remove unnecessary constraints to academic career progression.
This study provides new insights into certain 'crisis milestones', or role conflicts or issues, that may need to be resolved or balanced before the career progression of academics can typically occur.

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