A Firm-Level Analysis of Employee Attrition

Group and Organization Management, 18: 482-499, 1993

18 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2014

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Nathan Bennett

Georgia Institute of Technology - Organizational Behavior Area; J. Mack Robinson College of Business

Terry Blum

Georgia Institute of Technology; Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business

Rebecca Long

Louisiana Tech University

Paul Roman

University of Georgia - Department of Sociology

Date Written: December 1993

Abstract

This article examines the role of firm characteristics, work force characteristics, location and employee benefits practices on employee turnover. Most research on turnover has been conducted at the individual or job-level of analysis, examining the cognitive processes that precede a jobholder's decision to leave a firm. Regardless of the reason, turnover clearly is consequential for organizations. It has been suggested that some solutions to problematic turnover may be linked to the manipulation of organizationally controlled variables. One likely explanation for the lack of firm-level turnover research is the difficulty associated with obtaining data on turnover and its possible correlates from a heterogeneous sample of firms. A second explanation is the lack of a cogent theoretical model to guide such an effort. The purpose of this study is to examine, at the firm level, variables that have been linked to employee turnover in micro-level investigations and to industry turnover rates in macro-level investigations.

Suggested Citation

Bennett, Nathan and Blum, Terry and Long, Rebecca and Roman, Paul, A Firm-Level Analysis of Employee Attrition (December 1993). Group and Organization Management, 18: 482-499, 1993. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2399938 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2399938

Nathan Bennett (Contact Author)

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Terry Blum

Georgia Institute of Technology ( email )

Atlanta, GA 30332
United States

Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business ( email )

800 West Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30308
United States

Rebecca Long

Louisiana Tech University ( email )

P.O. Box 3178
Ruston, LA 71272
United States

Paul Roman

University of Georgia - Department of Sociology ( email )

113 Baldwin Hall
Athens, GA 30602-1611
United States

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