Psychology of Retention

Theory, Research and Practice

  • Melinde Coetzee
  • Ingrid L. Potgieter
  • Nadia Ferreira

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Conceptual Lenses in Viewing the Psychology of Retention in the VUCA World of Work

  3. External Organisational Context: Emerging World of Work

  4. Internal Organisational Context

  5. Employee Characteristics

  6. Organisational–Individual Relationship: Psychological Contract

  7. Organisational Practices

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 435-440

About this book


This book offers a contemporary review of talent retention from the viewpoint of human resource management and industrial/organisational psychology. With a practical and relevant perspective it enriches critical knowledge and insight in the psychology of talent retention. It offers interpretation of difficult factors facing organisations such as the conceptualisation of talent, the forecasting of talent demand and supply, external and internal factors that influence talent attraction, development and retention, the alignment between talent management and business strategy. Also covered is the implementation of human resource practices and strategies in response to the needs of different organisational contexts and workforce characteristics. The chapter contributions will not only enrich knowledge and insight in the complex phenomenon of talent retention, but also advance new original ways of thinking and researching this critically important area of inquiry. The book is intended for graduate students and researchers as an overview of the topic of talent retention, practitioners will also find it informative.


Retention Psychology of Retention Turnover Intention Psychological Contract Job Embeddedness Psychological Factors in Retention Talent Retention Strategies Multi-Generational Workforce and Retention Retention Barriers Remuneration Solutions for Retention Strategic Business Context and Retention

Editors and affiliations

  • Melinde Coetzee
    • 1
  • Ingrid L. Potgieter
    • 2
  • Nadia Ferreira
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Industrial and Organisational PsychologyUniversity of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Human Resource ManagementUniversity of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of Human Resource ManagementUniversity of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa

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