Our Scientific Network on Expatriate Management was successfully kicked-off on September 18 and 19, 2014 in Hamburg. Nine junior and two senior researchers participated in the session, that was hosted in the premises of the University of Hamburg.
During the first day, our guest speaker Prof. Dr. Schwens, Chair of Business Administration at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf (Germany), stressed the importance of Scientific Networks, especially between academics in their early career stages. These networks will be of great importance later on in the career, not only concerning academic collaborations but also in academic self-management and questions of micro-politics and career-planning.
After this inaugural speech, which was followed by an interesting discussion, the participants specified and discussed their expectations and the timeline of the entire project. Each member pointed out his or her expectations and how the network can be successful.
On the second day, Prof. Dr. Dickmann, Dean of the Faculty of Management at Cranfield University (UK), gave a presentation on international mobility and global careers. After that, all members brainstormed about how the final result, the planned edited book on our topic, can best be structured. Therefore, several sub-groups were formed and first ideas of potential topics were discussed. In the weeks following the meeting, every member (or group) will send a short proposal about the respective contribution. The goal is to have extended abstracts of the paper ready before the second meeting in February 2015 in Vienna.
Here are some visual impressions of the meeting: