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International Journal of Management and Business

The Causes for Promotions According to Managers and Workers in High-Tech and Public Sectors: Ethical Questions and Human Resource Management Responsibility

Moshe Sharabi*145, Javier Simonovich24, Ofer Arian34

Departments of Sociology and Anthropology1, Human Services2, and Politics3, 4Yezreel Valley Academic College, Emek Yezreel, 19300, Israel.
5The Center for the Study of Organizations and Human Resources, Graduate School of Business, University of Haifa.
*Corresp. author: Phone/Fax: 972-4-8774131, E-mail: moshes@yvc.ac.il


This study compares the perceptions of managers and workers from the public and high-tech sectors regarding factors leading to promotion. A questionnaire containing a series of factors related to promotion was completed by 277 workers and 69 managers. The findings reveal that the differences between the high-tech and the public sector workers are much greater than between the managers from the two sectors. Managers and workers from the high-tech sector and managers from the public sector perceive success in projects/missions as the most important factor in promotion decisions, while the public sector workers perceive organizational politics as the most important, followed by pressure on the supervisor (which also, partially, characterizes organizational politics). High-tech workers rank organizational politics second and pressure on the supervisor third. Managers from the public sector attribute higher importance to tenure in the organization, politics, age, and gender in promotion decisions, while high-tech managers attribute higher importance to education and success in projects/missions. The meaning of the findings and their implications for human resources management (HRM) and organizational performance are discussed in this paper.

Keywords: Promotions; Managers; Public Sector; High-Tech Sector; Human Resources Management; Israel.

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