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ERIC Number: ED548059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 229
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2673-6913-0
Persistence in Expatriate Academic Assignments in the United Arab Emirates: A Case Study
Ryan, Gerard D.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northcentral University
This study explored factors that influenced persistence in expatriate academic assignments in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Specifically, the problem that was addressed was an investigation of the reasons why some expatriate academics declared their intent to leave an academic position within one year of arrival while others choose to extend their initial three year contact. Significant costs and disruption were associated with an expatriate academic having left within one year of a three year contract. A qualitative methodology using a multiple case study design employing maximum variation in the sample selection was used. A non-probability sampling strategy, purposive sampling, was used to target full time expatriate academics employed at a federal government, higher education institution in the UAE. Participants were considered in two subgroups. Expatriate academics in subgroup A were those that had declared their intent to leave within one year of arrival and those in subgroup B had extended the initial three year contract. Eight participants were investigated in subgroup A and seven in subgroup B. The primary research instrument was a semi-structured interview and a pilot test sample was conducted for each population. The principal method of data analysis for this study was the constant comparative method for each case. The main outcome of the study was that non-work related factors were recorded as the main reason for expatriate academics to leave the UAE within one year of arrival and also to extend their initial contract. How effectively an individual dealt with the challenges of adjusting and adapting to the local environment largely influenced the length of stay in expatriate academic assignments. Work related factors were not identified as having a critical effect on persistence. The results, however, revealed a number of common issues related to the working environment. Recommendations for practice are made with respect to how these issues could be addressed. Future research might investigate ex-staff members to get an appreciation of their views on factors that influence persistence. A longitudinal study would provide more detailed information and could, potentially, give an insight into how perceptions change over time. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates