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Exploring push and pull factors for talent development and retention: implications for practice

Justine Mutanga (Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek, Namibia)
Godwin Kaisara (Management, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek, Namibia)
Khulekani Yakobi (Administration and Hospitality Management, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa)
Sulaiman Olusegun Atiku (Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek, Namibia)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 28 May 2021

Abstract

Purpose

This study explores some of the key push and pull factors to consider in talent development and retention of competent employees by businesses operating in Namibia.

Design/methodology/approach

The participants in this study comprised of randomly selected white-collar employees in Namibia. The study adopted a qualitative research approach, utilizing online focus groups to gain insights related to white-collar labor turnover and retention. Thematic content analysis was employed during the data reduction process.

Findings

The findings revealed specific push and pull factors for consideration in developing talent retention strategies in contemporary business organizations.

Originality/value

Most of the extant literature on white-collar retention and labor turnover is based on Western contexts. The findings of this study contribute to the available literature by providing a perspective from the developing world, specifically, Namibia.

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Citation

Mutanga, J., Kaisara, G., Yakobi, K. and Atiku, S.O. (2021), "Exploring push and pull factors for talent development and retention: implications for practice", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLO-12-2020-0246

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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