Eliciting salient beliefs of engineers in Malaysia on migrating abroad

Authors

  • Balu Ramoo UNIVERSITY OF TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN (UTAR)
  • Chong Yee Lee UNIVERSITY OF TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN (UTAR)
  • Cheng Ming Yu UNIVERSITY OF TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN (UTAR)

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.59670/ml.v14i2.328

Keywords:

Brain drain, Theory of Planned Behaviour, salient beliefs, behavioural intervention programme, Generation Y

Abstract

Despite various government efforts incorporating economic, social and political considerations in curbing emigration problem, brain drain remains an issue in Malaysia. This paper examines the determinants of migration from behavioural perspectives. Using Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) model, the engineers’ salient beliefs on migrating abroad were elicited using qualitative analysis. A number of new behavioural, normative and control beliefs were identified. The elicitation of the engineers’ salient beliefs is essential in developing appropriate behavioural intervention programmes to reduce their intention to migrate abroad. The methodology developed in this study can also assist future researchers to identify the salient beliefs of people who have high intention to migrate abroad.

Author Biographies

Balu Ramoo, UNIVERSITY OF TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN (UTAR)

Balu is a PhD candidate at Faculty of Business and Finance, of University Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia. His research area is in brain drain of Malaysian professionals. Balu is also a full time lecturer at SEGi College Penang, teaching various economic modules of diploma and bachelor programs.      

Chong Yee Lee, UNIVERSITY OF TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN (UTAR)

Chong Yee Lee is an Assistant Professor and the Deputy Director of Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research in University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR). She held various managerial positions for 13 years in the industry before joining the University as a lecturer. Her research interest fields include social science studies in tourism and medical areas.

Cheng Ming Yu, UNIVERSITY OF TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN (UTAR)

Cheng Ming Yu is the Professor of Economics at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia. Cheng works on a number of projects related to economic development, particularly social capital, globalisation, talent mobility and human capital development as well as competitiveness studies.  Cheng was a fellow for Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship (JSPS), a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Washington State University, USA, a research fellow at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and a visiting professor at National Taiwan University.  In 2011 she was honoured as the Young Global Leader (YGL) of 2011 by World Economic Forum (WEF).

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Published

2017-05-01

How to Cite

Ramoo, B., Lee, C. Y., & Yu, C. M. (2017). Eliciting salient beliefs of engineers in Malaysia on migrating abroad. Migration Letters, 14(2), 221–236. https://doi.org/10.59670/ml.v14i2.328

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