Publication Date

Spring 2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Megumi Hosoda

Subject Areas



In this study the relationship between cultural dimensions and career anchors was examined. The objective was to uncover whether cultural orientations, measured through cultural dimensions, could be perceived as antecedents of career anchors. Responses from 283 people, distributed over 24 countries and five continents, were collected and a canonical correlation analysis was conducted. Results showed that the relationship between cultural orientations and career anchors could be explained through a smaller set of variables. Specifically, results indicated that the cultural dimensions of uncertainty avoidance and long-term orientation were related to the career anchors of job security/stability and, furthermore, that the cultural dimensions of power distance and masculinity were related to the career anchors of service/dedication to a cause and lifestyle. Theoretically, this study expands on the current career anchors’ theory by focusing on antecedents beyond demographic characteristics such as age, gender, occupation, and personality traits. Practically, this study provides organizations with greater insight into factors affecting employee motivation and engagement.