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Green, Gerald G.||Lane, Robert E., 1931-

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Management


Personnel management; Industrial location


The impact of local industrial relocation (covering distances of five to fifty miles in the same metropolitan area) upon personnel retention has been explored through this investigation. Basically three problems were investigated: 1. Is personnel retention during local relocation a problem? 2. What factors are related to personnel retention during local relocation? 3. What steps may employers take to retain employees during local relocation? The primary source of data was a questionnaire mailed to two hundred Chicago area companies reported to have relocated during a three year period. The data from fifty- three useable respondents was analyzed and compared where possible to previous research conducted on the subject. The analysis of data indicated that personnel retention was a serious problem during relocation, particularly for more than one-fourth of the companies surveyed that had retained less than 80 per cent of the personnel from the old location. Several factors related to employee, employer, and relocation characteristics appeared to influence personnel retention during local relocation. Sex and occupation of employees seemed to affect their retention. Also employer and relocation characteristics such as growth and distance of relocation appeared related to the retention of personnel during local relocation. The use of attitude surveys, long periods of advance notice to employees regarding relocation and incentives are methods many employers utilized to help retain employees during local relocation. Due to the broad range covered by the topic and the limited amount of previous research, the investigation was of an exploratory nature. Consequently, it points to several areas where additional research is desirable. Among these are in-depth analysis of specific factors influencing retention, analysis primarily based on metropolitan areas other than Chicago, and personnel problems other than employee retention which may occur due to local relocation.


Includes bibliographical references.


vii, 70 pages




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