Rola Chami

Lebanon

DBA Graduate - 2012

Thesis title

Talent Management: A Key Driver for Employees’ Commitment Contribution and Intention to Stay.

Supervisor(s)

Jean-Jacques Chanaron

Areas of expertise

  • Business Administration
  • Personnel Administration
  • International Business
  • Corporate Communication
  • Organisational Change Management
Dr Rola Chami Malaeb obtained a Masters in Management before pursuing her DBA degree at Grenoble Ecole de Management. She is currently Director at the Modern University of Business and Science (MUBS), Aley Campus, in Lebanon. She has previous work experience as the Head of human resource department at MUBS and the Coordinator of Business department in the Arts, Sciences & Technology University in Lebanon (AUL). She has 12 years of academic experience as a part time instructor in different private universities in addition to the Lebanese University (LU). She holds two certificates of ISO 9000, Quality Management Representative and Internal Auditor that led to training many companies on ISO. She is member of the Red Cross central committee in Lebanon. She has several publications in the 11th and 12th international conference of human resource development across Europe. She Contributed in the DBA symposium of Grenoble Ecole de management and wrote a chapter in the DBA collective book of Grenoble Ecole de Management. Rola Chami research interests are in talent management, the human resources development and retention. Her DBA research topic was on Talent management as a key driver for employees’ commitment, contribution and intention to stay.
Entrepreneurial spirit is more than ever a central preoccupation for players on the economic, social, political and educational scene. Many French people are considering the possibility of setting up their own business, as show the higher levels of participation in entrepreneurship fairs “salons des entrepreneurs”, as well as the increase in the number of training courses on offer and amount of information available on setting up a business. However, considering the possibility of setting up a business does not necessarily lead to total commitment on part of the potential entrepreneur (Bruyat, 1993). A number of individuals do not go beyond the consultation stage and give up on their project, be it definitively or temporarily. Our research starts with the following observations: - The works of Bruyat (1993) leave room to consider an improved form of coaching for entrepreneurial project bearers; - The concept of commitment in social sciences has not yet been used in the field of entrepreneurship. This research uses the works of Bruyat (1993), Fayolle (2001), Charitat (2005) and Kiesler’s theory of commitment (1971), reused by Joule and Beauvois (1987). We have created an operational model which satisfies the temporal dimensions of spontaneity of practice and exclusivity of research, and which is transversal to all three concepts of entrepreneurship (Shane and Venkataraman, 2000; Gartner, 1991; Bruyat, 1993). Within the research, the author positions himself as an observer of the entrepreneurial phenomenon, a specific position according to the theory of commitment: an attributor. The outcome of this work is an approach, a method and a tool (On the road to entrepreneurship - Sur la piste de l’entrepreneuriat) which enables the coaching of project bearer during the entrepreneurial process.