Dr. Fatih Cura and Teba Ahmed Alani
Business and Management Department, Tishik International University, Erbil, Iraq
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DOI: 10.23918/ICABEP2019p4
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International organizations represent a dynamic workplace where people from different cultures and work background are working together to achieve a common goal. Whenever an individual is attracted from another country in which (expatriation) or giving an opportunity to someone who is living outside his country to work in his homeland again (repatriation), a set of challenges will rise. Organizations need to guide and control the process by adopting programs specialized in expatriation and repatriation in which it will be given after the arrival of the employee in a different or in-home country.

This research paper explores motivations and the expectations that make the academic expatriates join the international universities in other countries by taking a case study in one of the international private universities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. From this point of view, the literature review will present the benefits of joining teaching in the host country universities, also identifying the difficulties that they have faced during performing their duties and their feedbacks and recommendations to the other expats who want to join such a program. Tshik International University represents one of the top private universities in Kurdistan and has a diverse staff. Data is collected by using the method of the interview as a qualitative approach. The sample of the study international university staff. The results of the study represented by a set of findings which mainly settled on main motivation factors to the academic expatriate to join the international assignment like international experience, research interests, and the interest to discover new cultures.

Keywords: Expatriation, Self-Initiated expatriates, Cross-Cultural Training, Organizational Expatriates, Adjustment, Retention, KRG, Tishk University.

International Conference on Accounting, Business, Economics and Politics

ISBN: 978-9922-9036-3-7