The black box of voluntary career change: a systematic review and research agenda

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Voluntary career change is a distinct and important area of turnover research. This paper presents a theoretical and empirical examination of voluntary career change. The antecedents and outcomes of voluntary career change are explored using career transition, career development, and turnover models. Most career transition theories focus on factors that follow the transition rather than stages leading to the transition. Results of a systematic review of eighteen voluntary career change studies highlight critical gaps in our understanding of voluntary career change, and include the lack of empirical research on the utility of important and well developed career transition models. This paper discusses these gaps in light of key theoretical frameworks and sets a future research agenda.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAcademy of Management. Proceedings
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2017
Event77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2017 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 4 Aug 20178 Aug 2017


  • career change
  • career transition
  • voluntary turnover


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