One of the known sources of anxiety in the professional workplace today is professional obsolescence, which has been defined as the “loss of once‐held knowledge and the failure to become familiar and knowledgeable about new knowledge in one's professional field”. However, the researchers who have dealt with this problem have come mainly from the technological professions, and have therefore tended to concentrate on the role of the professional within an industrial organisation. These investigators contend that obsolescence can have considerable influence on behaviour, such as causing professionals to leave their chosen field, or bringing about a drop in the level of their productivity and personal performance, or altering the course of their career.
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