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International labour migration and tacit knowledge transactions: A multi-level perspective

Williams, AM (2006) International labour migration and tacit knowledge transactions: A multi-level perspective Global Networks, 7 (1). pp. 29-50.

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There has been limited research on the role of international migration in the transfer of tacit knowledge, as opposed to skills and capital. In part, this results from lack of engagement between research on migration and that on knowledge and learning, even in debates concerning the relative importance of distanciated versus localised knowledge transfers. However, positioning international migration in relation to the literature on knowledge management opens up new perspectives on its role in the overall transfer of knowledge in the economy. Starting from the premise that all tacit knowledge transactions are socially situated, this paper sets out a multi-level approach to understanding the role of migrants in knowledge exchanges. The national, the urban and the firm constitute key levels in this analysis, although these are understood as inter-folded rather than as discrete sites of analysis.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Williams, AM
Date : 19 December 2006
DOI : 10.1111/j.1471-0374.2006.00155.x
Additional Information : Posted with the publisher's permission. The definitive version is available at
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 22 Mar 2012 10:46
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:17

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