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Mousa, M., Arslan, A., & Abdelgaffar, H., Seclen-Luna, J. P., & la Gala-Velasquez, B. D. (2023). “Extreme work environments and career commitment of nurses during COVID-19: Empirical evidence from Egypt and Peru”, International Journal of Organizational Analysis. Available online at

Extreme work environments and career commitment of nurses during COVID-19 : empirical evidence from Egypt and Peru

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Author: Mousa, Mohamed1; Arslan, Ahmad2; Abdelgaffar, Hala3;
Organizations: 1CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School (CCGBS), Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), Lima, Peru
2Department of Marketing, Management and International Business, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
4Department of Management Sciences, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru
5Department of Administracion, Universidad Nacional de San Agustin de Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Emerald, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-02-08


Purpose: This paper aim to analyse the motives behind the commitment of nurses to their profession despite their intense job duties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Methodology: The empirical sample comprises of 35 semi-structured interviews with public sector hospital nurses in under-researched contexts of Egypt and Peru.

Findings: Three types of motives were found to play a critical role in nurses’ commitment to their profession despite the difficulties associated with extreme work conditions. These factors include cultural (religious values, governmental coercion), contextual (limited education, organisational support) and personal (good nurse identity, submissive nature) dimensions.

Originality/ value: This paper is one of the pioneering works to link existing literature streams on career commitment, extreme jobs, extreme context, and management under disruptions (particularly Covid-19) by analysing these aspects in the under-researched Peruvian and Egyptian contexts.

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Series: International journal of organizational analysis
ISSN: 1934-8835
ISSN-E: 1758-8561
ISSN-L: 1934-8835
Volume: In press
DOI: 10.1108/ijoa-08-2022-3400
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
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