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Nepotism and turnover intention among knowledge workers in Saudi Arabia

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Laws of the Knowledge Workplace
Subtitle of host publicationChanging Roles and the Meaning of Work in Knowledge-Intensive Environments
EditorsDariusz Jemielniak
Place of PublicationSurrey, England.
PublisherRoutledge
Pages25 -35
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-1472423887
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2014

Abstract

This chapter discusses how international assignment was used as tool to expand knowledge within the organisation using the example of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we focus in particularly on the case of repatriation and problems with subsequent staff turnover, among repatriates in Saudi Arabia’s private sector. Before doing so, the chapter provides a background to the Saudi labour market and the impact of Saudization policies that aimed to reduce relying on foreign labour. Following this, the chapter discusses the Saudi government attempt create a national knowledgeable labour force through international assignment. Finally, using the example of an organisation in Saudi Arabia, this chapter illustrates the possible role of Wasta - a prevalent form of nepotism that permeates organizational life in Saudi Arabia - in repatriates managers turnover intention. Our focus is on unravelling the impact of Wasta on HRM practices with a particular focus on the management of the repatriation process of Saudi employees upon their completion of international assignments.

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