1 Department of Psychology, Turan University, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan
2 Department of Psychology, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan
3 Department of Pedagogy and Educational Management, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan
4 Department of Management, Turan University, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan
5 Academy of Design and Technology “Symbat”, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan
Background & Objective:
The motivation of university faculty members in a cross-cultural context is one of the main issues in the context of internationalization of higher education. This research aims to explore if there are significant differences in motivational drivers between Kazakhstani and Russian university faculty members based on their cultural background.
The research involves 158 university faculty members from Kazakhstan and Russia. The research applies cross-survey methodology.
The findings on the main motivational themes show that Kazakhstani university faculty members have a higher orientation to security and stability and integration of lifestyle. Russian university faculty members have higher levels of autonomy, challenge and entrepreneurship.
The conducted research presented the main motivational drivers of Kazakhstani and Russian faculty. It is evident that Kazakhstani and Russian university faculty members have significant differences in motivational profiles, despite the shared Soviet past. Research showed that Russian faculty is motivated by creativity and challenges, whereas their Kazakhstani counterparts seem to be more focused on the security and work-life balance. Nevertheless, the occupational peculiarities show similarities in the attitudes to money and power.
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