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Journal of Industrial Distribution & Business Vol.9 No.10 pp.51-61

Effect of regional public corporation women employee's career plateau upon subjective career success

Jong-Chul Ha*,Hyeon-Suk Park**
* First Author, Doctoral student, Dept. of Convergence Industry, Seoul Venture University, Korea. Tel : +82-2-706-7562, E-mail :
** Corresponding Author, Professor, Dept. of Convergence Industry, Seoul Venture University, Korea. Tel : +82-2-3470-5112, E-mail :
September 05, 2018. September 26, 2018. October 15, 2018.


Purpose – Korean women suffered from serious experience at unfair personnel practice in the work and coexistence between work and home affairs. The study examined woman workers' career plateau perception and success who worked for local public enterprises, that is to say, regional public corporation invested by local government, and investigated mediating effect of dual commitment as well as control effect of self-efficacy from point of view of various access to variables.
Research design, data, and methodology – The study investigated women employees of regional public corporation by empirical analysis. The author collected 337 copies from 380 copies and made use of 325 copies after excluding copies with improper answer. SPSS 24.0 and AMOS 24.0 were used.
Results – The study investigated effect of career plateau (structure and content) upon subjective career success (job satisfaction and career commitment) according to questionnaire material: First, not only structural plateau but also content career plateau had negative influence upon dual commitment (structure and career). Second, dual commitment had positive influence upon subjective career success from point of view of organizational commitment and career commitment. Third, structural career plateau had positive influence upon career success, and content career plateau had positive influence upon job satisfaction. Fourth, structural career plateau did not have significant influence upon job satisfaction, content career plateau and career satisfaction. Fifth, subordinate variables (organizational commitment and career commitment) had mediating influence upon career plateau cognition and subjective career success. Sixth, self efficacy did not control career plateau cognition and subjective career success.
Conclusions – Women employee's career plateau cognition mediated dual commitment to have influence upon career success and to be likely to help career success theory study. Career plateau had negative influence upon dual commitment and career success of women workers. The study shall give base of counteraction from point of view of control and motivation of women workers thinking of career plateau.

JEL Classifications: D23, H70, M12, M51, M54.

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