September 16, 2009

Brain Circulation: Implications for Canada’s International Competitiveness

2 – 3:30 pm, Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Drawing upon findings of several studies, this paper examines the interrelationships between brain circulation and a country’s international competitiveness. Globalization, the lowering of immigration and emigration barriers to the movement of people, and the emerging concept of boundaryless careers have all contributed to the phenomenon of brain circulation. Brain circulation replaces the traditional concepts of brain drain versus brain gain because of the growing mobility of human talent across international boundaries. Implications, both theoretical and practical, are then discussed.

Speaker: Rosalie L. Tung (Ph.D., FRSC) is the Ming and Stella Wong Professor of International Business at Simon Fraser University, Canada. In 2003–2004, she served as President of the Academy of Management, the leading association of 19,000 professors of management from around the world. She was formerly a Wisconsin Distinguished Professor, Business Administration, with the University of Wisconsin System. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business, and the British Academy of Management. She has published eleven books and over 90 articles on the subject of international human resource management, international business negotiations and comparative management. She is Area Editor of Comparative Management/IHRM, theJournal of International Business Studies and a past Editor of the Journal of World Business. In addition, she sits on the editorial boards of many other journals.