What is it about?
We show how the international experiences of three founder-managers of micro, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ireland influence the subsequent human resource management (HRM) practices that are implemented to recruit and retain international employees. The founder-managers' respective acquired career capital from their work experience internationally is, in turn, used to inform the recruitment and retention policies and practices that they put in place to attract and support their international workforce/skilled migrants in Ireland. We also show a correlation between the organisation size and the degree of formality in the HRM policies and practices that our three case study organisations implemented.
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Why is it important?
Our three case studies show how the size of the enterprise (micro, small or medium) influence the degree of formality of HRM polices that are in effect in small and medium sized organisations. Our paper also shows the homophily effect in that those that have had similar experiences themselves (skilled migrants living in a host country) can better understand and tailor HRM supports in order to recruit and retain international staff.
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This page is a summary of: What goes around comes around. Exploring how skilled migrant founder–managers of SMEs recruit and retain international talent, Journal of Global Mobility The Home of Expatriate Management Research, May 2021, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/jgm-01-2021-0003.
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