The Effects of Employee Commitment in Transnational Higher Education: The Case of International Branch Campuses

Stephen Wilkins, Muhammad Mohsin Butt, Carrie Amani Annabi

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Abstract

Higher education is a labor intensive activity and strong organizational performance depends upon employee commitment. This study analyses antecedents and consequences of employee commitment in universities that are involved in transnational higher education, with a focus on identifying differences between the employees at home and foreign branch campuses. The data for the study were obtained using a questionnaire that was completed by both teaching and non-teaching staff at three institutions in the United Kingdom, three institutions in Malaysia, and two institutions in the United
Arab Emirates. A conceptual model was proposed and tested using structural equation modeling. The results indicate that employees at international branch campuses are not as motivated and committed to their organizations as their counterparts at home campuses. The findings suggest that institutions need to employ different and customized human resource strategies at home and foreign campuses, specifically with the aim of improving employee commitment and performance at the foreign campuses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-314
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Studies in International Education
Volume21
Issue number4
Early online date5 Feb 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

Keywords

  • Higher education
  • International branch campuses
  • employee committment
  • Employee involvement
  • organizational support
  • organizational citizenship

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