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Extreme work environment and career commitment of nurses: empirical evidence from Egypt and Peru

Mohamed Mousa (CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School (CCGBS), Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), Lima, Peru)
Ahmad Arslan (Department of Marketing, Management and International Business, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland)
Hala Abdelgaffar (The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt)
Jean Pierre Seclen Luna (Department of Management Sciences, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru)
Bernardo Ramon Dante De la Gala Velasquez (Department of Administracion, Universidad Nacional de San Agustin de Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Article publication date: 8 February 2023

Issue publication date: 12 January 2024




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.


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


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.


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.



Mousa, M., Arslan, A., Abdelgaffar, H., Seclen Luna, J.P. and De la Gala Velasquez, B.R.D. (2024), "Extreme work environment and career commitment of nurses: empirical evidence from Egypt and Peru", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 32 No. 1, pp. 58-79.



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