Retaining Generation X Academics in Higher Education Institutions

December 7, 2012 Posted by admin

Pumela Msweli
School of Business Leadership, University of South Africa
PO Box 392, UNISA 0003, South Africa

Abstract
There is a great need to attract and retain younger generations of faculty to ensure long-term sustainability of higher education institutions. The research reported here provides empirical evidence that Generation X academics in higher education institutions are likely to quit as a result of both lower job satisfaction and reduced organisational commitment. The data also showed that performance or research productivity is not a predictor of job satisfaction. Implications of these findings and avenues for further research are discussed.

Keywords: generation Xers, South African higher education system, quitting behaviour of academics, brain drain, employee turnover, organisational commitment.

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