ERIC Number: EJ869644
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
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Will IR Staff Stick? An Exploration of Institutional Researchers' Intention to Remain in or Leave Their Jobs
Knight, William E.; Leimer, Christina L.
Research in Higher Education, v51 n2 p109-131 Mar 2010
The study explored the factors that relate to the likelihood of institutional researchers (IRs) to plan to leave their jobs. Learning more about the effects on IR job turnover can serve to improve the employment experience of IR practitioners, the profession of IR, and, indirectly, higher education. 1,264 IRs responded to a national survey comprised of antecedents of intention to quit one's job that had a high degree of construct validity within job turnover theories. Data were tested against a theoretical model developed from the Industrial-Organizational Psychology and IR literature. Perceived organizational support was the strongest predictor of intent to quit. Burnout, lack of advancement opportunities, lack of rewards and recognition, job embeddedness, and available job alternatives also affect IRs intention to quit. Suggestions for supporting IRs and elevating the role of IR on campuses are included.
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Job Satisfaction, Construct Validity, Validity, Intention, Rewards, Employment Experience, Researchers, Labor Turnover, Higher Education, National Surveys, Models, Burnout
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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