Sabbatical Post – One Week In

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 [...]

Academic Conferences

The value for academics in attending international conferences should be underlined, particularly for scholars based in Ireland where the academic circle is quite limited. I attended IFSAM (International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management) http://www.ifsam2012.org/ in Limerick (Ireland) at the end of June 2012 where I presented a paper I am working on with a colleague in France. A week later I attended EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies) http://www.egos2012.net/ in Helsinki where I presented a paper I am working on with a colleague in the UK. While these conferences are very large (hundreds of participants) with several parallel sessions going on simultaneously (and can be very daunting), they are ideal fora for networking with researchers from different countries Continue reading here [...]

Voluntary & Involuntary Migration – a Personal Perspective

The motivations to move from one's home country are variedand individual-specific, ranging from seeking work (employment), to wanting to see theworld (adventure/exploration), to escaping a broken relationship (escapism/newbeginning), and more besides. It is far from uni-dimensional, which poses difficulties in the migration discourse, with some quarters advocating the positive lifestyle opportunities of voluntary migration, and others lamenting the brain drain and misery caused by involuntary migration. I myself lived in Germany and France for almost nine years, having left voluntarily (followed my partner) and remained for lifestyle reasons (we were both living and working abroad during the boom years in Ireland!). We returned to Ireland voluntarilyover six years ago for family reasons. The Continue reading here [...]