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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Pieters, Helene
URN etd-05152012-140019
Document Title Perceptions regarding the implementation of career management practices in a mining company
Degree MCom
Department Human Resource Management
Advisor Name Title
Mr G J Steyn Supervisor
  • career discussion
  • commitment
  • occupational stress
  • job burnout
  • career management
  • career advising
  • career pathing
  • succession planning
  • motivation
  • career counseling
  • occupational health and wellbeing
Date 2012-04-12
Availability restricted
Human resource management and industrial psychology practices in a specific mining company have not been placing any emphasis on the development and implementation of career management programmes or practices. The career paths of employees are largely dictated by the employees themselves. Consequently the career development of employees, especially qualified employees, is neglected.

It was suspected that career management, as an industrial psychology practice, is not receiving the necessary attention that it deserves. The study was therefore undertaken in order to determine the employees’ perceptions regarding the implementation of career management practices in a mining company. The population was made up of qualified, non-management, employees.

      1. To investigate the perceptions of career management in a mining company.
      2. To investigate the influence career management might have on employee motivation and commitment.

As a first phase to the study, a literature review was undertaken. During the review numerous articles and books written by reputable persons in the field of industrial psychology were studied. The literature research mainly focused on the purpose of career management, the role players responsible for it and the elements thereof.

Emanating from the literature study, the research design and strategy were decided upon. A population group was identified and data was obtained from respondents by means of semi-structured in-depth interviews, especially designed for this purpose. The data was statistically processed after which recommendations and conclusions were made.

Recommendations mainly focused on the creating of an awareness of career management as well as practices that support it. These practices include the following: job descriptions and profiles; development discussions and identification of training and development needs; performance management; career planning, counseling and pathing; and, talent management.

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Please cite as follows:

Pieters, H 2011, Perceptions regarding the implementation of career management practices in a mining company, MCom dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-05152012-140019 / >


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