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Perceptions of job and hospitality industry characteristics on career decisions

Advances in Hospitality and Leisure

ISBN: 978-1-84855-674-4, eISBN: 978-1-84855-675-1

Publication date: 15 July 2009


This paper reports on the initial results of a case study on management-level turnover in the hospitality industry and on factors influencing the career decisions of highly educated employees to stay or leave the industry. This issue is considered using an interpretative paradigm and the conclusion drawn is that retaining these employees cannot be ensured by HRM policy alone. Both personal and general career factors are important, strongly influenced by social aspects. Furthermore, perceptions (deserved or undeserved) of the actual job, as well as characteristics of the industry, are important when deciding to pursue a career either within or outside the hospitality industry.


van Rheede, A., Tromp, D. and Blomme, R.J. (2009), "Perceptions of job and hospitality industry characteristics on career decisions", Chen, J.S. (Ed.) Advances in Hospitality and Leisure (Advances in Hospitality and Leisure, Vol. 5), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 51-68.



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