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Manager Perceptions of the Value of Returned Migrants and the Relational Nature of Knowledge

Palovic, Z., Janta, H. and Williams, A.M. (2019) Manager Perceptions of the Value of Returned Migrants and the Relational Nature of Knowledge Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

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This article builds on the seminal work of Williams and Baláž (2008a) on international migration and knowledge, by arguing that the economic value of the knowledge is relational, being dependent on how it is recognised by potential employers. By analysing in-depth interviews with sixteen managers which are contrasted with insights from thirty interviews with skilled returnees to Slovakia, this study aims to identify the extent to which return migration is considered to facilitate knowledge transfer, and the diversification of the knowledge available, to organizations. The findings reveal that skilled migration is understood by managers to facilitate accelerated learning that contributes to professional and personal development in several ways. Firstly, formal qualifications gained abroad are valued, particularly in context of perceived limitations to the national educational system. Secondly, the managers consider that returnees have acquired not only technical skills, such as market know-how and business intelligence, but also soft skills. Finally, the study indicates that far from facing barriers to the recognition of their knowledge by employers, this was acknowledged and welcomed. Managers with personal exposure to international migration were predisposed to recognising the experiences of returned migrants, and this was most evident in the recruitment practices of the multinationals.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
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Date : 1 October 2019
DOI : 10.1080/1369183X.2019.1679412
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on [date of publication], available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : Highly-skilled return migrants; Slovakia; Knowledge transfer; Transformative learning
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 06 Nov 2019 10:41
Last Modified : 06 Nov 2019 16:51

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