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To stay or leave: Motives behind the decisions of graduate programs’ trainees’ in European and Russian companies


  • Marina Latukha


This paper investigates the problem of retaining business school graduates after they have completed a trainee program in a company. Often when a company invests in training programs for young graduates, the company’s management expects that a graduate will remain with the company for a long time. But in some cases, the trainees decide to leave. This research shows the different perceptions among the trainees and the company of motives or reasons for such a decision. The main findings also indicate a significant difference in the graduates’ preferences in the countries being compared and suggest a list of motives that drive such decision making. Furthermore, managerial applications are given and the possible approaches for future discussions are suggested.

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  • Marina Latukha, 2011. "To stay or leave: Motives behind the decisions of graduate programs’ trainees’ in European and Russian companies," Journal of East European Management Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 16(2), pages 140-161.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:joeems:doi_10.1688/1862-0019_jeems_2011_02_latukha

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    talent retention; graduates; trainee programs; Russia; Europe;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General
    • P21 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Planning, Coordination, and Reform


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