Elkridge, MD October 2011
Dr. William J. Von Hagel, Jr. published an article in the Summer 2011 edition of the Journal of Leadership Studies, entitled Precipitating Events Leading to Voluntary Employee Turnover Among IT Professionals. The perceptions and lived experiences of 20 IT professionals in the defense contracting industry were explored in a qualitative phenomenological study to better understand the precipitating events, or shocks, that led to their decision to voluntarily leave an organization. The results of the study can be used by business leaders to create innovative retention plans and enact positive organizational change to reduce voluntary employee turnover.