The impact of studying in a socio-economically different society compared to the home country on work related values: Evidence from Cypriot workers who were educated in the UK

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Abstract

This paper analyses changes in work related values in individuals that study in a country that is relatively more economically developed, more individualistic, less uncertainty avoiding and with a lower power distance score compared to their home country. This is done by comparing the responses of Cypriot workers who studied in the UK for more than three years with other Cypriots that did not study abroad on a work values questionnaire and by interviewing workers who studied in the UK. Results suggest that workers that studied abroad consider intrinsic job characteristics such as challenging work, freedom to adopt own approach to the job and training opportunities as more important than locally trained employees whereas locally trained employees consider extrinsic characteristics such as pay, security and fringe benefits as more significant. The process of change in the workers who studied abroad seems to involve primarily dissonance and internal accountability. Practical relevance of the results is briefly discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusSubmitted - 2019

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