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Background: Employee turnover in GSD is an extremely important issue, especially in Western companies offshoring to emerging nations. Aims: In this case study we investigated an offshore vendor company and in particular whether the employees' retention is related with their experience. Moreover, we studied whether we can identify a threshold associated with the employees' tendency to leave the particular company. Method: We used a case study, applied and presented descriptive statistics, contingency tables, results from Chi-Square test of association and post hoc tests. Results: The emerging results showed that employee retention and company experience are associated. In particular, almost 90% of the employees are leaving the company within the first year, where the percentage within the second year is 50-50%. Thus, there is an indication that the 2 years' time is the retention threshold for the investigated offshore vendor company. Conclusions: The results are preliminary and lead us to the need for building a prediction model which should include more inherent characteristics of the projects to aid the companies avoiding massive turnover waves.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2018
EditorsMarkku Oivo , Daniel Méndez , Audris Mockus
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-145035823-1
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Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event12th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2018 - Oulu, Finland
Duration: 11 Oct 201812 Oct 2018

Conference

Conference12th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2018
CountryFinland
CityOulu
Period11/10/1812/10/18

    Research areas

  • GSD, Project management, Software engineering, Turnover

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