Status quo effects in decision-making about training and career development

Beryl Hesketh*

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Within the context of the Theory of Work Adjustment and Image Theory, two studies examined status quo effects in "mini" decisions about training and career development. In Study 1 (N = 78), 32% of the employees demonstrated a status quo effect in that they were not considering any training or skill development options. As predicted by consistency theory, positive information was considered more important than negative information among the non status quo group, particularly for the non status quo alternative. In Study 2 (N = 114) training was given a low priority, although a "major change" frame of reference did increase the priority accorded to training to improve future job prospects. Results are discussed in relation to theoretical issues and the wider implications of encouraging investment in skill development where outcomes are delayed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-338
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1996


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