An explorative study on factors influencing the career success of management employees

Show simple item record Koekemoer, Eileen 2014-11-06T11:53:27Z 2014-11-06T11:53:27Z 2014-10-09
dc.description.abstract ORIENTATION: South African organisations are increasingly recognising the importance of attracting, developing and retaining top talent, especially management employees. RESEARCH PURPOSE: In an attempt to help organisations with retaining talent, this study focused on career success and identified specific factors that influence the career success of managers in the South African work environment. MOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY: Organisations need to establish favourable organisational conditions and human resource practices to retain their management employees. By identifying influential factors for the career success of managers, this research may help organisations to focus more accurately on their retention strategies for management employees. RESEARCH APPROACH, DESIGN AND METHOD: The present study used a qualitative research design that followed an exploratory approach. A non-probability purposive sample of 24 senior management employees was selected from two financial institutions in South Africa. Qualitative data was collected by means of semi-structured interviews and the verbatim transcriptions were analysed by content analysis. MAIN FINDINGS: Managers identified various factors that impact on their career success. One can distinguish ‘external’ factors (e.g. political and economic climate and business environment) from ‘internal’ factors (e.g. individuals’ personal attributes, skills and education). PRACTICAL,MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS: Individuals should focus on the internal contributing factors, whilst organisations should manage the external contributing factors more effectively. CONTRIBUTION/VALUE-ADD: Specific South African factors that influence the career success of managers should be included in future retention strategies. From the findings it is suggested that both the individuals and organisations can implement strategies to ensure career success and thereby help retain the top talent in organisations. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2014 en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The National Research Foundation (NRF) under the reference number TTK20110823000025405. en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Koekemoer, E. (2014) An explorative study on factors influencing the career success of management employees. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology/Tydskrif Vir Bedryfsielkunde, 40(2), Art. #1204, 10 pages. 10.4102/sajip.v40i2.1204. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0258-5200
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/sajip.v40i2.1204
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_US
dc.rights © 2014. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_US
dc.subject South African organisations en_US
dc.subject Retaining talent en_US
dc.subject Career success en_US
dc.subject South African work environment en_US
dc.subject Management employees en_US
dc.subject Retention strategies en_US
dc.title An explorative study on factors influencing the career success of management employees en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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