Knowledge Worker Mobility in Context: Pushing the Boundaries of Theory and Methods

26 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2017

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Mike Wright

Imperial College London

Valentina Tartari

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics

Kenneth G. Huang

National University of Singapore (NUS) - ISEM & NUS Business School

Francesco Di Lorenzo

Copenhagen Business School

Janet Bercovitz

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - College of Business

Date Written: January 2018

Abstract

Scholars are paying more attention to knowledge workers (KW) as they gain importance in the knowledge‐based economy. Knowledge worker mobility (KWM) can involve various forms of employee and entrepreneurial movements: the transfer of employees from one organization to another either through locational movement or through a change in ownership, the transfer of employees within the same organization but in different units and/or geographies, and the spinning off by employees into new ventures. KWM spans a variety of different contexts which have rarely been explored in prior research. We focus on advancing our understanding of KWM in context, pushing the boundaries of theory and methods by developing a framework focusing on five main contextual dimensions: organizational context and roles, geographical and spatial context, social context and teams, institutional and cultural norms, and temporal dynamics. We summarize the papers presented in the special issue and also identify an agenda for further research.

Keywords: employee mobility, entrepreneurial mobility, knowledge workers, organizational mobility, regional mobility

Suggested Citation

Wright, Mike and Tartari, Valentina and Huang, Kenneth Guang-lih and Di Lorenzo, Francesco and Bercovitz, Janet, Knowledge Worker Mobility in Context: Pushing the Boundaries of Theory and Methods (January 2018). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 55, Issue 1, pp. 1-26, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3085329 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12316

Mike Wright (Contact Author)

Imperial College London ( email )

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Valentina Tartari

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics ( email )

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Denmark

Kenneth Guang-lih Huang

National University of Singapore (NUS) - ISEM & NUS Business School ( email )

Singapore, 117575
Singapore
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Francesco Di Lorenzo

Copenhagen Business School ( email )

Kilevej 14A
Frederiksberg C, Copenhagen DK - 2000
Denmark

Janet Bercovitz

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - College of Business ( email )

Champaign, IL 61820
United States

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