The management literature on skilled migration mainly discusses ‘brain drain’ and ‘brain gain’. This literature concludes that there is an increasing need for skilled migrants in Europe because of the increasing number of elderly people and the decreasing fertility rates. Regardless of this attention, career development for skilled migrants in Europe remains under-researched in the management studies. This means that we know little on the career barriers and opportunities as well as the strategies that this group of migrants uses to develop their careers. Furthermore, the role that organizations and institutions play in the career development for this group of migrants remains largely unexplored. Our argument is that it is essential to understand the career development for skilled migrants in order for organizations to use their cultural, social, economic and symbolic resources properly. As a result of this argument, this call for papers seeks submissions which investigate this under-developed area.
Papers are invited which focus on empirical, conceptual and practical contributions. Articles also should consider practical applications. We are using the term ‘skilled migrants’ to refer to highly educated and experienced individuals who have developed skills in such diverse occupations as management, engineering, or medicine. Skilled migrants include persons who have relocated to Europe from Africa, Middle-East, Canada, USA as well as from other countries. This also includes people moving from one European country to another. Migrants’ international mobility could be undertaken on temporarily or permanent basis.
Papers could focus on career development for skilled migrants in one or several European countries. These could examine the career development for migrants from micro-individual, meso-organizational, and macro contextual levels. The micro-individual level refers to the subjective experiences of skilled migrants in terms of their career development. The meso-organizational level denotes the influence of intermediate forms of social organizations, such as workplaces, on the career development for skilled migrants. The macro-contextual level refers to events that characterize the social settings, such as institutional interventions, and that can constrain or enable the career development for skilled migrants. Contributors might decide to focus on one of these levels or to have a multilevel study. As long as the practical implications are taken into consideration, papers using different methodological approaches and inter-disciplinary perspectives are welcome. Papers should bring a special attention to the role of national contexts in influencing the career development for skilled migrants.
Call for papers questions (non-exhaustive list):
Contributions will be welcomed from academics and practitioners, 3,500-5,000 words articles. Topics to be discussed in this special issue will include (but are not limited to) the following questions:
• What are the key issues that pertain to the career development for skilled migrants in Europe at the micro-individual, meso-organizational and macro-contextual levels? How do time and space (i.e. national contexts) influence their career development?
• At the micro-individual level, what explains the success of skilled migrants in their careers? And how is this success understood? What career development strategies do skilled migrants use to reach this success?
• How does the intersection of gender and ethnicity affect skilled migrants’ career development in the context of organizations in European countries?
• How do diversity management discourses and practices in organizations affect the career development for skilled migrants?
• How do state policy interventions influence the career development for skilled migrants? Are there any contextual differences (i.e. national, regional, sectoral, and organizational)?
Skilled migrants, career development, global management, strategies of capital mobilization, leadership skills, employment, diversity, ethnicity, gender
Timeline for articles for the special issue:
1 April 2011: Deadline for submission of papers for the special issue
31 October 2011: Final articles (full issue) to publisher
2012: Special issue published
The guest editorial team will be pleased to answer queries.
Authors are requested to make submissions to this issue using the journal’s Manuscript Central system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jmd
Akram Al Ariss, Champagne School of Management, France
Iris Koall, Department of Educational Science and Sociology, University of Dortmund, Germany
Mustafa Özbilgin, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, UK
Vesa Suutari, Faculty of Business Studies, University of Vaasa, Finland
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