Capital Mobilization of Skilled Migrants: A Relational Perspective

Al Ariss, Akram and Syed, Jawad (2011) Capital Mobilization of Skilled Migrants: A Relational Perspective. British Journal of Management, 22 (2). pp. 286-304. ISSN 10453172 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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A central issue for understanding skilled migration in the management literature is human capital. This emphasis ignores other important forms of capital mobilization that skilled migrants from developing countries deploy in dealing with the barriers to their international career mobility. There is therefore a need to develop a holistic understanding of capital mobilization of skilled migrants. In order to develop a more holistic picture, we deploy a relational and multilevel perspective to explore how skilled migrants from developing countries mobilize capital in their efforts to undertake an international career. Career is a central construct in this study. Drawing on a qualitative study of skilled Lebanese in Paris, the paper offers two main contributions to the research on human resource management, in particular to the literatures on skilled migration and self-initiated expatriation. First it extends our understanding of the strategies that skilled migrants use to relocate from a developing country to an industrialized country. Beyond the traditional human capital perspective, it offers insights about migrants' capital mobilization experiences of undertaking international mobility. Second, using Bourdieu's theory of capital, it offers a relational explanation of their capital mobilization in a way to encompass micro-individual, meso-organizational and macro-contextual influences that affect their career choices. © 2010 The Author(s). British Journal of Management © 2010 British Academy of Management.

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Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: PY - 2011/// [EPrints field already has value set] JA - Br. J. Manage. [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Champagne School of Management, 217 avenue Pierre Brossolette, BP 710, 10002 Troyes Cedex, France [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Kent Business School, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7PE, United Kingdom [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Depositing User: Cathy Norman
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2012 14:51
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