AMD: Migration Management
AMD Submission Issue: MIGRATION
‘MANAGEMENT’: Tensions, Challenges, and
Opportunities for Inclusion
Submission deadline: 1 June
- Dimitria Groutsis (The University of Sydney)
- Joana Vassilopoulou (Brunel University & Rotterdam School of Management)
- Mustafa Ozbilgin (Brunel University & Dauphine University)
- Yuka Fujimoto (Sunway University Business School)
- Michàlle E. Mor Barak (University of Southern California)
- Royston Greenwood (University of Alberta)
- Junqi Shi (Sun Yat-Sen University)
term ‘migration management’ (Ghosh, 1993; 2012) has grown from and been used at
the macro policy level: drawing attention to the need to rationally adjust
migration flows while evoking images of a controlled,linear and coordinated
process and system of international mobility. This special issue focuses on
acknowledging, critiquing and investigating the global challenges and
opportunities surrounding (international) migration management, providing
fertile ground for empirical and theoretical exploration and discovery at
multiple levels of analysis and within multiple contexts and therefore taking a
broader and critical view of the coupling of migration and management.
terms ‘migrant’, ‘refugee’ and more recently ‘self-initiated expatriate’ are
loaded with multifaceted and multilayered imagery which has an ambiguous
reality around the individual desire for economic and social
opportunity, freedom and safety; the organizational drivers for
capitalizing on skills, exploiting vulnerabilities and managing multicultural
teams and ethnic minority differences; and the national and supranational
drivers for regulating the number and quality of flows or mobilities of
workers (migrants or refugees), while driving either social/organizational
exclusion or social/organizational inclusion (de la Chaux et. al., 2018; Mor
Barak, 2018; Villadsen & Wulff, 2018). These considerations capture aspects
of questions raised by business and management scholars examining various dimensions
of migration and inclusion from sociological, organizational and managerial
perspectives (Al Ariss & Ozbilgin., 2010; Al Ariss et al., 2013; Mor Barak,
2017). However, the management of the opportunities and the barriers
experienced by migrant women and men, remain poorly understood (Kofman et. al.,
2015; Pio & Essers, 2014), particularly the agency and voice of migrants at
work, the role of organizations and various institutional stakeholders in the
process of migration management, and the role of stakeholders in the process of
workplace inclusion. Each of these focal points remains largely limited to a
single level of analysis (Mor Barak, 2018).
our scoping of extant scholarship highlights that migration and management are
rarely studied together, particularly in terms of business and management
scholarship. In rare instances when this is done, the examination often remains
at a single level of analysis (see for instance O’Connor & Crowley-Henry,
2019), neglecting the deeper and broader complexities, interconnections,
challenges and paradoxical dualities that are involved in examining multiple
levels of analysis. Given that migration remains poorly understood from the
perspective of management and organizations, and that extant theory may be limited
as a basis for guiding further understanding, this special issue aims to use
empirical exploration and abductive approaches to provide a basis for
down-the-road theorizing on this important topic. Additionally, this special
issue aims to transcend a single level treatment of migration management and to
empirically capture the complexity and rational irrationality of the phenomenon
from multiple perspectives. Accordingly, in the spirit of AMD we welcome
contributions which engage in ‘exploratory research at the pre-theory stage of
Furthermore, as we see it, the process of, and approach to, migration management also involves investigation of the opportunities and challenges surrounding inclusion. This includes paying attention to: individual/experiential aspects of migration; organizational/management issues associated with the migration process, migrant absorption/integration, socialization and adjustment; and policy-level issues associated with the management of migration including labor-market issues and questions relating to business policy and strategy.
we invite manuscripts which approach the topic of migration management and the
prospects for inclusion from multiple levels of analysis (micro, meso, and macro
level) and perspectives with a broad and innovative range of methodological and
theoretical choices. Within these multiple and intersecting levels of analysis
lie the cross-cutting tensions between inclusionary and exclusionary approaches
to migration management (Mor Barak, 2018). For example, whose interests do
management interventions serve? How is migrant voice and agency considered and empowered?
What are the implications of cultural differences, ethnic-minority status,
identity and belonging? Partly due to the obvious and urgent crises and
contradictions of globalization, inequalities have resurfaced as key concerns
of organizational enquiries over the past few years. Most recently, the
question of how the interplay between differences and inequalities is
structured by political agency and discourses has risen on the agenda. For
example, studies have examined migration regimes, focusing on the impact
migrants have on the multicultural and multiracial dimensions of the receiving
country labor market (Vassilopoulou et. al., 2014; Groutsis et al, 2015; van
den Broek et al, 2016). Politics plays a crucial dual role here where, on the
one hand, countries voice the humanitarian and cosmopolitan politics of
inclusion of migrants, demonstrated by a plethora of integration and social
inclusion policies, while on the other hand, these same societies and
workplaces practice exclusion. Within such a context, managing migration in its
broadest sense potentially incorporates activities that reinforce and maintain
the current social and economic order, with profound visible and invisible
implications at the workplace level.
following questions are indicative (but not exhaustive) of the areas of focus
for this call for papers.
- How do individuals from diverse backgrounds experience migration? How do the diversity categories intersect with each other and the management of migration?
- How do migrants manage their aspirations, challenges and struggles as individuals and in collectives as part of trade unions, teams and solidarity networks?
- How do migrants manage the process of migration and labor market inclusion given the different migration pathways available to them including for instance: skilled stream migration, temporary visa arrangements and family reunion?
- How does migration affect individuals in terms of their choices and chances of career, work-life interface; well-being; and identity formation for instance; and how does migration link to stigmatized work and workforces? How are these forces managed?
- How does the agency of migrants manifest at work and in the management of migration?
- Whose responsibility is it to manage migration? Who are the change agents and
how do they affect change in the process of managing migration at the
- How do organisations manage the absorption, integration and socialization of migrants and their workplace adjustment?
- How is migration managed at the work/human capital interface? What are the implications of migration on enterprises’ human capital and talent management strategies?
- How do organizations manage the inclusion of migrants at the workplace? What HR policies and practices are more effective at boosting migrant inclusion and facilitating migrant absorption and adjustment?
- What are the complexities, challenges and dualities that stakeholders at the meso level of analysis must address in the process of migration management at the organizational level?
- Are the processes of inclusion/exclusion and stigmatization in the study of the work trajectories of migrant women and men different in different institutional and organizational contexts? How do these processes converge and diverge in different contexts?
- What is the nature of migrant entrepreneurship and how are migrant’s
entrepreneurial experiences unique?
- What are the differences in the nature and implications of macro level frames such as legal vs. illegal/documented vs. undocumented migration; internal vs. international migration on the management of migration at the organizational level?
- What is the role of global recruitment agencies? How do they operate in perpetuating inclusionary or exclusionary forms of controlled and managed migration?
- What is the role of governments and international organizations in the management of migration at the organizational level?
- How can we formulate global migration management policies in organizations, such as for example in MNCs ?
- How do national policies surrounding social integration impact on and shape
workplace integration, inclusion and interactions between organizational members?
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For a list of the sources cited in this Call for Papers, please contact Dimitria Groutsis