Expatriate mentoring: The case of a multinational corporation in Abu Dhabi

SA Journal of Human Resource Management

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Title Expatriate mentoring: The case of a multinational corporation in Abu Dhabi
Creator Kokt, Desere Dreyer, Tommy F.
Subject human resource management globalisation; expatriates; mentoring; challenges; adjustment; multinational corporation; United Arab Emirates; Abu Dhabi
Description Orientation: Despite numerous studies on the adjustment challenges faced by expatriates, not much emphasis has been placed on mentoring and what mentoring plans should entail. This also pertains to research on expatriate mentoring in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which has experienced massive economic growth and an influx of expatriates from across the globe.Research purpose: The main purpose of the study was to propose guidelines to a multinational corporation in Abu Dhabi on compiling an expatriate mentoring plan.Motivation for the study: The prevalence of expatriate assignments to the UAE and the fact that multinational companies report high failure rates served as the motivation for the study.Research approach/design and method: A mixed-method approach was followed, and a case study design was applied. A structured questionnaire was administered to 391 expatriate employees, after which principles for expatriate mentoring were formulated and presented to a focus group for discussion.Main findings: The findings show that expatriates faced challenges regarding work-related and personal-level adaptations, which emphasise the need for an expatriate mentoring plan.Practical/managerial implications: Principles for expatriate mentoring emanated from this study, namely structured interaction, clear objectives, target dates, regular reflection on challenges, formal evaluation and remedial action. These principles informed a proposed expatriate mentoring plan.Contribution/value-add: The study contributes both theoretically and empirically to the compilation of an expatriate mentoring plan.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2018-08-22
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Mixed methods research
Format text/html application/epub+zip application/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajhrm.v16i0.974
Source SA Journal of Human Resource Management; Vol 16 (2018); 10 pages 2071-078X 1683-7584
Language eng
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Coverage international context globalisation expatriates
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