Assessing the effectiveness of relocation support

Mark N.K. Saunders (Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education, Cheltenham, UK)
Adrian R. Thornhill (Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education, Cheltenham, UK)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Publication date: 1 April 1998


Reviews and integrates UK and North American research on job relocation relating to managerial and professional employees. Notes evidence which indicates an increasing level of reluctance by such employees to relocate for job reasons. Examines barriers to domestic relocation, including those related to financial and personal reasons, and organisational interventions designed to overcome them. Recognises that traditional forms of organisational intervention to alleviate barriers to relocation may be becoming less effective despite careful targeting. Analyses research data from the UK local authority sector to explore the effectiveness of organisational interventions to overcome barriers to relocation. Uses force field theory to evaluate the relationship between these barriers and organisational interventions in relation to organisations in general and UK local authorities in particular. Draws conclusions about the nature and use of organisational interventions to overcome barriers to domestic relocation, and discusses the applicability of the findings drawn from the UK local authorities research data.



Saunders, M. and Thornhill, A. (1998), "Assessing the effectiveness of relocation support", Personnel Review, Vol. 27 No. 2, pp. 124-142.

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