A test of Holland's theory in a population of accountants

Nissim Aranya*, Azy Barak, Joel Amernic

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The study examined the SDS scales and work attitudes of 1952 Canadian Chartered Accountants (Anglophones and Francophones) and Californian Certified Public Accountants. Combinations of C, E, and S were found the most frequent personality patterns, and they constitute 27.8% of the total population. Scores on these types were positively related to organizational and professional commitments, as well as to vocational satisfaction. The level of congruence was positively correlated with the vocational criteria only in the American sample. The consistency level correlated with professional commitment in the Francophone sample, whereas the differentiation score showed mixed results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-24
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1981


FundersFunder number
Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
Israel Institute of Business Research
School of Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley
Tel Aviv University


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