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The academic expatriate in the United Arab Emirates: A new lens through which to view expatriate sociocultural adjustment.

机译:阿拉伯联合酋长国的学术界外籍人士:一个新的视角,可以用来查看外籍人士的社会文化适应状况。

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Research conducted on expatriates sent on international assignments by their employing organizations is a robust field of academic study and much knowledge has been generated about this population. However, while useful to the study of expatriate management, this body of literature, through the exclusion of other types of expatriates, lacks full generalizability of its findings. This study enriched a vanguard topic of expatriate management literature by investigating the sociocultural adjustment experiences of a little-researched subpopulation of expatriates; those that self-initiate their own foreign work experiences. This study employed a quantitative web survey to generate data about the sociocultural adjustment experiences of academic expatriates teaching at colleges and universities in the United Arab Emirates. Nine hypotheses were generated and tested regarding the relationship of the antecedent factors of previous overseas work experience and foreign language ability and the in-country factor of culture novelty with cultural adjustment, interaction adjustment, and work adjustment. Hypotheses regarding foreign language ability were not supported. Hypotheses regarding previous overseas work experience were partially supported. Hypotheses regarding culture novelty were fully supported. In addition, exploratory analysis was conducted with additional control variables to explore the influence of factors not currently included in a seminal model of expatriate sociocultural adjustment on the adjustment experiences of the surveyed participants. Evidence was produced to warrant further examination of the factors of age, education level, degree of satisfaction with previous overseas work experience(s), length of employment in current job, employing institution, and location by city. These results were subsequently compared with data obtained from similar studies of traditional expatriates to further understand similarities and differences between these two subpopulations of expatriates. Finally, the results of this analysis provided original knowledge about the sociocultural adjustment experiences of self-initiating expatriates, contributed to the understanding of the validity of prior research conducted on traditional expatriates and prompted a reexamination of the dominant theoretical model of expatriate sociocultural adjustment upon which much of the expatriate adjustment research is based. Suggestions for further research based on this foundational study were provided.
机译:由其雇用组织派遣的国际任务对外籍人士进行的研究是一个强大的学术研究领域,并且已经积累了有关该人口的大量知识。但是,尽管这对于研究外派人员管理很有用,但通过排除其他类型的外派人员,该文献体系仍缺乏对其发现的全面概括。通过研究很少研究的外籍人士的社会文化适应经验,本研究丰富了外籍人士管理文学的前沿话题。那些自己开始自己的国外工作经历的人。这项研究采用了定量网络调查,以生成有关在阿拉伯联合酋长国的大学中外派学术人员教学的社会文化适应经验的数据。关于先前海外工作经验与外语能力的先行因素与文化适应性,文化适应性,互动性适应性和工作适应性的文化新颖性的国内因素之间的关系,产生并检验了九种假设。不支持有关外语能力的假设。有关先前海外工作经验的假设得到部分支持。关于文化新颖性的假设得到了充分支持。此外,还对其他控制变量进行了探索性分析,以探讨当前未包括在外籍人员社会文化适应的开创性模型中的因素对被调查者适应经验的影响。提供了证据以进一步检查年龄,教育水平,对以前的海外工作经验的满意程度,当前工作的就业年限,雇用机构以及城市所在地等因素。随后将这些结果与从传统外籍人士的相似研究获得的数据进行比较,以进一步了解这两个外籍人士子群之间的异同。最后,该分析结果提供了有关自发移民外籍人士社会文化适应经历的原始知识,有助于理解先前对传统外籍人士进行的研究的有效性,并促使人们重新审视了外籍人士社会文化适应的主导理论模型,许多外籍人士调整研究都基于此。在此基础研究的基础上,提出了进一步研究的建议。

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  • 作者

    Reynolds, Adrienne A.;

  • 作者单位

    Capella University.;

  • 授予单位 Capella University.;
  • 学科 Business Administration Management.;Sociology Industrial and Labor Relations.
  • 学位 Ph.D.
  • 年度 2010
  • 页码 185 p.
  • 总页数 185
  • 原文格式 PDF
  • 正文语种 eng
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