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Career Development of College Students through Part-Time Work: The Role of Leader-Member Exchange and Taking Charge Behavior


  • Tomoki Sekiguchi

    () (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University)


This study examines the potential benefit of college students' part-time work on their career development by focusing on leader-member exchange (LMX) and taking charge behavior in the workplace. Using a sample of Japanese college students, results from this study indicate that taking charge behavior in part-time work mediates the relationship between LMX quality with supervisors and career development (focus of career exploration, self-efficacy toward postcollege employment and proactive career behavior). The results also indicate that proactive personality and conscientiousness moderate the relationship between LMX quality and taking charge behavior, and that job autonomy and skill variety moderate the relationship between taking charge behaviors and career development. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.

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  • Tomoki Sekiguchi, 2010. "Career Development of College Students through Part-Time Work: The Role of Leader-Member Exchange and Taking Charge Behavior," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 10-10, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:osk:wpaper:1010

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    1. Evans, Martin G., 1985. "A Monte Carlo study of the effects of correlated method variance in moderated multiple regression analysis," Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Elsevier, vol. 36(3), pages 305-323, December.
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    part-time work; leader-member exchange; taking charge behavior; career development; college student;

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    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J40 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - General
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation

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