A path-analytic investigation of the determinants of career withdrawal intentions of engineers: some HRM issues arising in a professional labour market in Singapore.

Samuel Aryee

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Data obtained from engineers (N = 230) in Singapore were used to test a model of career withdrawal intentions. The model hypothesized personal, organizational and environmental variables as exogenous variables that affect career satisfaction and job satisfaction. These affective states in turn affect career commitment which was posited directly to affect career withdrawal intentions. The findings suggest that the model is useful in explaining career withdrawal intentions as 50 per cent (R²) of the variance was explained. As hypothesized, career commitment revealed a significant negative path to career withdrawal intentions. Some of the exogenous variables, particularly organizational variables, showed direct significant paths to career withdrawal intentions, though work-family conflict, a personal variable, approached significance. A limitation of the study, direction for future studies and implications of the findings are discussed.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)213-230
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1993


  • employee motivation
  • research
  • employee loyalty
  • engineers
  • career development
  • job satisfaction
  • employees -attitudes
  • psychological contracts (employment)
  • organizational commitment
  • professional employees
  • labor turnover
  • employee retention
  • commitment (psychology)
  • employment

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