Sex Roles

, Volume 53, Issue 5–6, pp 303–315 | Cite as

Preferences for Job Attributes Associated with Work and Family: A Longitudinal Study of Career Outcomes

  • Alison M. KonradEmail author
  • Yang Yang
  • Caren Goldberg
  • Sherry E. Sullivan


We examined the relationship between family responsibilities, job attribute preferences, and career-related outcomes (salary, management level, job satisfaction) in a longitudinal study of 171 women and men students in the same MBA program. Findings indicated that preferences for high salary and good advancement opportunities assessed when students entered the MBA program predicted satisfaction with their salary and advancement outcomes 3 years later. Preferences did not predict actual salary or management level outcomes, however. Together, these findings suggested that individuals may adjust their feelings of satisfaction to reduce dissonance created by their inability to attain higher salaries or a higher management rank. Perhaps because these individuals were in the early stage of their management careers, we found no significant associations between family responsibilities and career-related outcomes.


job attribute preferences work and family cognitive reinterpretation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alison M. Konrad
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yang Yang
    • 1
  • Caren Goldberg
    • 2
  • Sherry E. Sullivan
    • 3
  1. 1.Richard Ivey School of BusinessUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Management ScienceGeorge Washington UniversityWashington
  3. 3.Department of ManagementBowling Green State UniversityBowling Green

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