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MANAGERS' INTENTIONS TO BE ASSESSED FOR NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: AN APPLICATION OF THE THEORY OF PLANNED BEHAVIOR

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Conducted in a single organization in the U.K., the present study applied the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) to the prediction of managers' intentions to be assessed for level 4 of the recently introduced national vocational qualification, and in doing so sought to identify the factors important in influencing managers' (n=106) decisions. The TPB was found to account for 31% of the variance in managers' intentions to be assessed, with attitudes towards assessment, perceptions of normative pressure and perceptions of control all emerging as significant independent predictors. When other work-related factors were considered, age also emerged as a predictor variable with younger managers being more likely to intend to be assessed. These results, when considered in conjunction with other studies which have employed the earlier Theory of Reasoned Action, suggest that the Theory of Planned Behavior may provide an appropriate framework for understanding and predicting workrelated decisions and behavior.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1995.23.1.59

Publication date: January 1, 1995

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