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Dundar F. Kocaoglu

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Management of Engineering & Technology

Course Number

EMGT 520


The "Career Development Opportunities and Likelihood of Turnover Among R&D Professionals" paper by Rene Cordero, Nancy Ditomaso, and George F. Farris is reviewed along with some of the other research on employee turnover and dual ladder career systems. The Cordero, et al. paper concludes that the availability of technical development opportunities is correlated to professionals' departure from their current employers while the availability of managerial development opportunities is correlated to professionals leaving the R&D department for other areas of their current employer. This research is examined from a validity standpoint as well as in relation to existing research on employee turnover and the dual ladder literature. The Cordero, et al. paper has some shortcomings but has provocative conclusions and suggests a number of areas requiring further research.


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