A theory of skilled migrant organisational attachment

Gerrit Treuren, Christina Stothard, Claire Hutchinson, Ashokkumar Manoharan

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Drawing on Bourdieu’s (1986),‘skill-discounting’(Reitz, 2001), and job embeddedness theory (Mitchell, Holtom, Lee, Sablynski & Erez, 2001), we argue that the migrant desire to reduce the skill discount (applied by recruiters and employers) prompts migrant employees to view each job, not just as a source of income, but as an opportunity to develop skills (ie social capital) to obtain a another job that make better use of their pre-arrival capabilities. Thus, whereas for non-migrant employees each job is more likely to be a destination in itself, for the migrant employee facing skill discounting each job is an interim step in the journey towards the elimination of the skill discount. As a result, migrants and non-migrants are likely to have different linkage, fit and sacrifice on-the-job embeddedness. This paper sketches a theory which argues that the effects of job embeddedness are contingent on migration status.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event31st Annual Australian New Zealand Academy of Management Conference - RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 5 Dec 20178 Dec 2017
Conference number: 31
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Conference31st Annual Australian New Zealand Academy of Management Conference
OtherThe theme of this years’ Conference is Creative Disruption: Managing in a Digital Age. While technological disruption is not new, the pace of change and the potential of its impact are enormous. The grand challenge confronting managers of this decade is to know how to harness and leverage disruptions in a creative and bold way.
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  • embeddedness
  • migrants
  • skill discounting
  • retention


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