Nearing the Threshold: An Economics Approach to Assessing IS Professionals’ Pressure to Separate from Their Employers.
Organizational approaches to managing information systems (IS) professionals have been making headlines as technology-intensive businesses search for ways to cope with an ever-changing economic landscape. Consequently, understanding and predicting employee quitting or separation behavior is crucial. We incorporate human capital theory from economics to form an alternative theoretical perspective for understanding IS professionals' separation and retention. This shift allows us to focus on precursors to observed separation, rather than attitudinal precursors of intentions. We introduce three new constructs: pressure to separate, retention frontiers, and separation thresholds. These constructs provide a basis for identifying when an employee is close to leaving the firm and for a new approach to analyze the potential effectiveness of action taken by a firm to change separation behavior: pre-implementation retention intervention assessment (PRI-assessment). We illustrate the application of the new approach using data on the observed separation behavior of 661 IS professionals at a large multidivision firm.
BINOMIAL LOGIT MODEL, ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROFESSIONALS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY HUMAN CAPITAL, PERSONNEL SEPARATION, WORKFORCE RETENTION
Management Information Systems
Information Systems and Management
Journal of Management Information Systems
Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
Josefek, R. A. and KAUFFMAN, Robert John.
Nearing the Threshold: An Economics Approach to Assessing IS Professionals’ Pressure to Separate from Their Employers.. (2003). Journal of Management Information Systems. 20, (1), 87-122. Research Collection School Of Information Systems.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/sis_research/2773
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