Raising the next generation of public servants? Parental influence on volunteering behavior and public service career aspirations

Justin Stritch, Robert K. Christensen

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Abstract

Purpose: – While there is a large body of literature examining the effect public service motivation (PSM) has on both an individual’s career and volunteering decisions, the effects of social learning and parental influences on both volunteerism and selection into public service are relatively unexplored. The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between parental volunteering and career choice, PSM, and the volunteering behaviors and career choices of their adult children. Design/methodology/approach: – The authors examine data collected from first-year undergraduate students at a large, public university in the southeastern USA to examine, the impact of parents in the development of public service behaviors like volunteering and career choice. Findings: – The authors find that parental influence matters in shaping voluntary behavior and career aspirations, but that this social learning is distinct by gender. Originality/value: – The authors are unaware of work that directly focusses on parents’ volunteering and career choices, after controlling for PSM, on both the volunteering and public service career decisions of their children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)840-858
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Manpower
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

Keywords

  • Careers
  • Employees behaviour
  • Public sector organizations
  • Social psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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