The adjustment of self-initiated expatriate academics in higher education institutions in Saudi Arabia

Alshammari, H 2013, The adjustment of self-initiated expatriate academics in higher education institutions in Saudi Arabia, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Management, RMIT University.


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Title The adjustment of self-initiated expatriate academics in higher education institutions in Saudi Arabia
Author(s) Alshammari, H
Year 2013
Abstract The phenomenon of expatriate employment has expanded in recent years as a consequence of increased globalisation of almost all facets of life. Apart from the conventional engagement of expatriates sent on international assignments by their employing organisations, there is a new trend of self-initiated expatriates (SIEs) who, on their own initiative, seek and secure employment in foreign countries.

Regardless of which of the above categories one belongs to, the ability to perform well in the new environment will depend on the expatriates' capacity to harmonise to the conditions prevailing in the host country. These include becoming accustomed to living, working and interacting with the host country nationals-a process described as 'adjustment'. Given the unlimited number of possible cross-cultural obstacles that every expatriate may confront, it is in the interest of both the expatriate and the employing organisation to understand what factors influence their adjustment and how well they adjust.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Management
Keyword(s) Cultural adjustment
academic expatriates
cultural distance
self-initiated expatriates
Saudi Arabia
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