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Title: Factors affecting overseas training in Libyan oil companies
Author: Ibrahem, Fathi El-Arbi
ISNI:       0000 0001 3585 8953
Awarding Body: University of Salford
Current Institution: University of Salford
Date of Award: 2007
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Training initiatives are a world-wide phenomena, particularly in developing countries which have been using overseas training as a part of their overall development strategy. However, although there is substantial literature regarding training practices globally. there is no comprehensive framework that embraces all the factors affecting training that is conducted abroad. This research is aimed at developing such a frame\vork, using Libya as a precise case that will allow for the identification of the key factors affecting overseas training, and will further permit some generalisation to other developing countries. The research is qualitative in nature, employing a case study approach and using semistructured interviews as the main data collection tool within two Libyan oil companies. Several tools are used in order to achieve triangulation, to fully understand the overseas training practices in the two case organisations, and to establish the factors affecting the overseas training. This approach allowed revisions to be made to the theoretical framework derived from the literature by the author, resulting in a specific model of relevance to overseas training. Contributions to knowledge on both academic and practical levels are evident by the study, which represents the first attempt to empirically investigate overseas training activities in Libyan Oil Companies. The original contribution of the research is the developed framework. Other novel contributions of the study are the identification of several new factors that could affect overseas training programmes, and the addition of new knowledge that both supports and contradicts the existing literature about training. Moreover, the study has attempted to address the problems raised when applying the recommendations in the literature to a cultural context other than that on which the literature was based. Practically, the study has implications for both managers and practitioners, such as the preparation of trainees before sending them abroad, monitoring trainees during overseas training, difficulties encountered by trainees abroad, especially in western countries, the evaluation of overseas training, and the importance of incentives and reward when managing overseas training. The framework developed in the study presents the critical elements and factors that can enhance and jeopardise the success of overseas training.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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