Check out my recent publication, with two great colleagues: Crowley-Henry, M., O Connor, E. and Al Ariss, A. (2016) “Portrayal of Skilled Migrants’ Careers in Business and Management Studies: A Review of the Literature and Future Research Agenda”. European Management Review, DOI: 10.1002/emre.12072.
A systematic literature review in business and management studies was conducted, which paints a portrait of the existing literature on skilled migrants’ host country career experiences. Core themes arising from this review are presented, including labeling inconsistency concerning the population (with researchers using terminology such as‘skilled migrants,’ ‘immigrant professionals’ and ‘qualified immigrants’ interchangeably); the need for including skilled migrant Continue reading here [...]
Greetings from the prestigious Toulouse Business School (EQUIS, AACSB, AMBA accredited), which is hosting the 1st international conference on self-initiated expatriation (28-29 May 2015).
With ca. 50 participants representing institutions as far away as Massey University New Zealand and the key academics in this growing field, the inaugural conference is a huge success.
Self-initiated expatriation is a phenomenon which has been receiving increasing academic attention in international management and international human resource management literature in the past decade. It highlights the fact that most international mobility is self initiated as opposed to sponsored by organizations, and that much research remains to be done in this area, unpacking the motivations, experiences and challenges Continue reading here [...]
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Nicosia is the last divided city in Europe - a title inherited when Berlin was unified over 20 years ago. You can step across the Green Line dividing the city without much fuss these days. The authorities on the south side minimise the perception that this is a de facto border. Those on the north side make every attempt to convince you that you have stepped into another jurisdiction. Most of what first hits you in the narrow lanes there are street vendors selling cheap goods of all sorts to attract the southern and tourist euro. But there are some interesting sights to see that have been left over from previous occupations.
Selimye mosque is one such venue. Built by the Lusignans in the 12th century it was subsequently taken over by the Ottomans in the Middle Ages when it became a mosque. Continue reading here [...]
This is one of the abiding images of Cyprus. It is the representation of the flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (recognised only by Turkey). It is etched into the Pentactylos mountain range in the occupied area across the Green Line that divides the two communities on this beautiful island. Inhabitants of Nicosia come face to face with this image daily as it is visible from almost every part of the city. It is, perhaps, meant to be a provocative reminder to those on the south side of the line of everything they have lost as a result of the Turkish invasion of 1974. One hesitates to ask older residents what they feel about this for fear of stoking up hurt or anger. But maybe that's my issue because although I focus on this image, Cypriots seem to ignore it.
This is mostly true Continue reading here [...]
Landed here in Cyprus two days ago to begin my six month sabbatical. Ryanair got us to Paphos on time as usual and also dispelled the urban myth about their customer service - they were warm as well as effective. When the plane door opened the plane's air was replaced by warm moist and fragrant 28 degree Cypriot atmosphere - kinaesthetic proof to the traveller that you truly have arrived in a different country.
Cyprus, despite its recent difficulties, has seen significant investment over the past 10 years and Paphos airport has been a beneficiary. It's slick, functional and you can see why, apart from its strategic location, that it has become one of Ryanair's latest hubs. Passports and bags were quickly administered and we were on our way. The next evidence of prosperity is the road system. Continue reading here [...]
The desk has been tidied and to do lists have been checked off because tomorrow begins my first ever sabbatical. For the next six months I will not be showing up at Maynooth’s School of Business to ply my trade.That … Continue reading →
In the field of international human resource management and international careers, the dual career 'issue' continues to be a deterrent to couples to embark on an organization-assigned expatriation work abroad experience OR to embark on self-initiated international work experiences. The trailing spouse is that person in the relationship that puts their own career on hold, or positions it as secondary to their partner, and follows their partner who embarks on the international work experience abroad.
This causes problems in a relationship, which, before the move may have been more equal in terms of career focus, to one where one partner in the relationship can avail of a career advancement due to their move internationally, while the career of the other partner in the relationship suffers Continue reading here [...]