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Do Global Careers Imply Construction of Global Identities?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
2010 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Globalization is everywhere, new technological and organizational innovations havecompressed time and space. National as well as organizational borders have become permeable in favor of regions and networks. A broad spectrum of interlinked global forces has created a dynamic and fluid present that, in many ways, have changed the contemporary organizational prerequisites. The transformation of the organizational conditions have also changed the previous understanding of careers and facilitated new types of relationships between employer and employee that are more transactional and global. However, the current knowledge regarding these kinds of relationships and the individual workers perception of his/hers personal development and career in relation tothe global context, is limited. To address this issue this paper focuses on international itinerants, i.e. professionals with global careers who have been employed by at least two independent companies in foreign countries and thus arguably at the core of this fluid global context. The aim of this paper is to explore the identity construction process of international itinerants and what they identify with in the global context of their careers. In order to do this, an identity construction perspective will be applied, including social aspects of what these individuals identify with. Through a structural narrative analysis, presented as aggregated narratives of interviews, this paper shows the process of how three Swedish international itinerants construct their identity. To explore if a globalidentity is constructed, and what that might entail, three dimensions of what the itinerants identify with are in focus; the organization and career, the communities and networks, and the country and culture.

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Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei , 2010.
, EURODIV Working Papers, ISSN 2037-1209 ; 71.2010
Keyword [en]
Identity Construction, Global Careers, Global Identity, Narratives, International Itinerants
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-31433OAI: diva2:293028
EURODIV 5th Conference "Dynamics of Diversity in the Globalisation Era” (FEEM, Milano, Italy, 22-23/10/09)
Available from: 2010-02-10 Created: 2010-02-10 Last updated: 2010-02-10Bibliographically approved

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