Examining Organizational Commitment among National and Expatriate Employees
Abstract The indigenous manpower deficit in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has resulted in hiring of millions of expatriate employees.
Place: SECoPA Conference Charleston, SC, USA
Date: September 30 October 4, 2015
Sponsored by: This research has been funded by a generous research grant from the Advanced Research Program at United Arab Emirates University #31H086 - UPAR(2)2014
Abstract The indigenous manpower deficit in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has resulted in hiring of millions of expatriate employees. In the past decade, this situation has led to many concerns for decision makers as organizational productivity declined. The present study aims at examining the relationship between employees’ nationality and their organizational commitment (OC), in addition to exploring the various forms of commitment exhibited in the workplace. Bivariate and multivariate analyses indicated that OC was multidimensional as employees have expressed differing types and levels of commitment. In addition, nationality of employees was significantly correlated with the level of their commitment. Thus, this study provides several recommendations for researchers and practitioners.
Keywords: organizational commitment, private sector and public sector, workforce in the United Arab Emirates, expatriate and national workforce, continuance, affective, and normative organizational commitment, organizational environment and employees, public personnel