Omar Morales


This study examined factors that lead to retention of engineers who joined Microsoft in Silicon Valley as part of an acquisition. The study findings surfaced two set of factors that are important in retaining acquired engineers. The factors are broken up by pre- and post-acquisition. Recommendations of this study include the importance of comprehensive communication plans, community and belonging, and personal and professional growth in retaining acquired engineers. Recommendations for further research include expanding the study beyond Microsoft Silicon Valley, and mapping to motivational theories. This study concludes that organizational development practitioners should understand the strategic intention of an acquisition and augment employee engagement and retention plans accordingly. This study can aide practitioners by presenting the factors that lead to retention of acquired engineers at Microsoft in Silicon Valley.

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Dissertations (MA) -- Organization Development; Computer engineers -- Employment -- California -- Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County); Microsoft Corporation -- Employment; Consolidation and merger of corporations -- Management

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Graziadio Business School



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Lacey, Miriam;