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Managing expatriates in the United Arab Emirates: the role of host- and home-country mentors on expatriate career outcomes

Managing expatriates in the United Arab Emirates: the role of host- and home-country mentors on... This study aims to empirically explore how mentoring can help Western expatriates before, during and after the overseas assignment in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).Design/methodology/approachThis qualitative study is built on 20 in-depth interviews with Western expatriates currently working and living in the UAE.FindingsThis study demonstrates that expatriate mentoring is an important area largely unexplored in the literature. The results establish that host-country mentors are fundamentally responsible for helping expatriates to develop common problem-focused coping tactics, whereas home-country mentors predominantly address emotionally focused coping tactics during the pre-departure and repatriation phase of the expatriation process.Research limitations/implicationsOver 30 years’ worth of research literature was searched within the following major databases: ABI/INFORM, ERIC and PsycINFO. These databases contained articles, mainly in English, of limited scope, i.e. more academic than practical. This may have led to the omission of some expatriate mentoring approaches applied in practice by human resources managers, especially in countries where English is not the first language.Practical implicationsMentors in both the host and home countries are crucial in assisting and supporting expatriates in developing constructive coping strategies that enhance the likelihood of a successful expatriation experience.Originality/valueThere is insufficient research in expatriate mentoring, which this study aims to address by focusing on Western expatriates in the UAE, a vibrant Arab, Muslim country whose local business environment is very different from that of China, Europe and the USA, which have been the main focus of prior research. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Workplace Learning Emerald Publishing

Managing expatriates in the United Arab Emirates: the role of host- and home-country mentors on expatriate career outcomes

Journal of Workplace Learning , Volume 33 (6): 20 – Jun 29, 2021

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
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1366-5626
DOI
10.1108/jwl-07-2020-0116
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Abstract

This study aims to empirically explore how mentoring can help Western expatriates before, during and after the overseas assignment in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).Design/methodology/approachThis qualitative study is built on 20 in-depth interviews with Western expatriates currently working and living in the UAE.FindingsThis study demonstrates that expatriate mentoring is an important area largely unexplored in the literature. The results establish that host-country mentors are fundamentally responsible for helping expatriates to develop common problem-focused coping tactics, whereas home-country mentors predominantly address emotionally focused coping tactics during the pre-departure and repatriation phase of the expatriation process.Research limitations/implicationsOver 30 years’ worth of research literature was searched within the following major databases: ABI/INFORM, ERIC and PsycINFO. These databases contained articles, mainly in English, of limited scope, i.e. more academic than practical. This may have led to the omission of some expatriate mentoring approaches applied in practice by human resources managers, especially in countries where English is not the first language.Practical implicationsMentors in both the host and home countries are crucial in assisting and supporting expatriates in developing constructive coping strategies that enhance the likelihood of a successful expatriation experience.Originality/valueThere is insufficient research in expatriate mentoring, which this study aims to address by focusing on Western expatriates in the UAE, a vibrant Arab, Muslim country whose local business environment is very different from that of China, Europe and the USA, which have been the main focus of prior research.

Journal

Journal of Workplace LearningEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 29, 2021

Keywords: Expatriates; United Arab Emirates; Mentoring; Expatriate management process

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