Modelling turn away intention of information technology professionals in Bangladesh : A partial least squares approach

Md. Shohel Arman, Rozina Akter, Imran Mahmud, T. Ramayah


While the information technology (IT) sector of Bangladesh’s economy is booming, reports suggest that only 10% of the IT or computer science graduates are contributing to this phenomenon. Using workplace exhaustion and the threat of professional obsolescence (TPO) as theoretical lenses, this study explains the factors that negatively impact the intentions of IT professionals to turn away. Specifically, we hypothesize that the threat of professional obsolescence is a very crucial one, with a very high impact on turn-away intentions. Data were collected from 185 IT professionals from 15 different IT companies in Bangladesh with the help of a survey questionnaire. A structural equation modeling technique was used to analyze the data and test the research model. The results of testing the model indicate the central role of TPO on turn-away intentions. Result also suggests significant roles of work overload, family-career conflict and control over career and workplace exhaustion on turn away intention. This study advances the theoretical understanding on turn-away intentions and offers suggestions for both academia and organizations. The paper also acknowledges the limitations of the study and suggests research directions for future researchers.


Bangladesh; Information technology (IT); IT professionals; Software companies; Threat of professional obsolescence; Turn-away intentions

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