Self-Initiated Expatriate Academics (SIEAs) at Malaysian Public Higher Education Institutions: Determinant Factors of Organizational Commitment


Wan Ibrahim, Wan Suzanna Aafanii Adeeba and Alias, Mazni and Ojo, Adedapo Oluwaseyi (2022) Self-Initiated Expatriate Academics (SIEAs) at Malaysian Public Higher Education Institutions: Determinant Factors of Organizational Commitment. In: Postgraduate Social Science Colloquium 2022, 1 - 2 June 2022, Online.

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Purpose - Despite the fact that researchers have focused on the predictors of expatriation success and adjustment in general, some of the predictors have been overlooked or are unclear in the expatriate literature, especially when it comes to explaining the relationship between these factors and organisational commitment. With this in mind, the goal of this study is to look into the various elements that influence their organisational commitment, which goes beyond expatriate adjustment. The Black et al. (1991) multiple theoretical perspectives, perceived organisational support, cultural intelligence, and emotional intelligence will be used as theoretical foundations for this study in order to understand the multidimensional factors that revolve around self-initiated expatriate academics (SIEAs). Design/methodology/approach - SIEAs working at Malaysian public universities will be asked to complete an online survey. In order to analyse the data and develop the best model for predicting the organisational commitment of these SIEAs, a PLS-SEM technique will be used. The determinants of adjustment to international assignments by Shaffer, Harrison, and Gilley (1999), which is a modified version of Black, Mendenhall, and Oddou's (1991) model of international adjustment, and the model of employee turnover by (Black & Gregersen, 1990) will be developed and used to suit the measurement of multidimensional expatriation issues. The commitment scale developed by Meyer and Allen in 1997 will be used to assess organisational commitment. A preliminary test and a short pilot test will be conducted in the early stages of the quantitative study to obtain input on questionnaire items. The participants for the pre-test will be chosen using a basic random selection procedure. A pilot study is a small-scale research project (Ticehurst & Veal, 2000; Veal, 2005). Because the primary goal of the pilot test is to obtain feedback on the survey items, convenience sampling will be used. Internal consistency will be measured using Cronbach's alpha. The results of the actual survey will next be analysed using PLS-SEM. Findings - The significance of each factor on increasing SIEAs' commitment to the organisation will be highlighted in this study. The findings could increase SIEAs' commitment to the organisation, lowering the turnover rate of SIEAs in Malaysia. Research Implications - This study will add to previous research by addressing multidimensional elements that are important in improving SIEAs' organisational commitment. Furthermore, because this study is confined to SIEAs working in Malaysian public institutions, it should be replicated in other industries to establish generalizability. Practical implications - The findings will provide valuable directions, recommendations, and strategic insights in the field of expatriate academic management to public higher education. These insights can assist organisations' human resource management (HRM) create comprehensive policies and support systems for SIEAs. Social implications - This study will make recommendations for practical HRM implications, particularly in the recruitment and selection of SIEAs. Originality/value - The study looks into the many different aspects of expatriation that revolve on SIEAs in the Malaysian setting, not merely cross-cultural adjustment issues. Much of the current literature focuses on SIEAs in Western countries. As a result, this study may resonate with recommendations for future SIEA who would be able to anticipate and prepare before going on an international professional experience in Malaysia, which might also be applicable in other Asian contexts.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-initiated Expatriate Academic, Malaysia, Organisational Commitment
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Management (FOM)
Depositing User: Ms Suzilawati Abu Samah
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2022 06:31
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2022 08:12


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