Highly-skilled corporate migration and global talent mobility
7 December 2016
Professor Jon Beaverstock, Professor of International Management, travelled to Doha in Qatar to present the keynote address at the International Sociology Association ‘Migration in a Turbulent World’ conference.
Held at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Professor Beaverstock’s keynote address was entitled ‘Highly-skilled corporate migration and global talent mobility’.
There are millions of highly-skilled workers, CEOs, bankers, chartered accountants, engineers, lawyers, and scientists, working outside of their home country within transnational corporations’ overseas offices and subsidiaries. In our highly globalized and connected world, where modern work for the highly-skilled is often articulated on a global scale and within transnational teams and partnerships, the age of expatriation, international assignments and other forms of global labour mobility remains a crucial organizational strategy for the spatial mobility of knowledge.
Far from being on the wane in these times of advanced information, communication and telecommunication systems, international assignments and global mobility like international business travel are a strategic mechanism for a firm to deliver knowledge, skills, expertise and experience to a particular point in space and time, either intra-firm or to clients, suppliers and customers. Beyond the firm, highly-skilled corporate migration and mobilities feed into the production of global talent and the competitiveness of city-regions.
The contribution of this keynote lecture is to advance the theoretical and empirical understanding of contemporary forms of highly-skilled corporate migration and mobilities as an organizational strategy for the spatial mobility of talent, and as a global process that enhances the competiveness of firms and city-regions. Examples are drawn from global talent mobility in the City of London’s banking, finance and professional service firms, and the overt policy of the Singaporean Government’s global talent programme to enhance its own credentials as a cosmopolitan, world city.
Jonathan Beaverstock is the International Director (Associate Dean) for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, and Professor of International Management in the School of Economics, Finance and Management. He joined the University of Bristol in January 2014.