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The Role of Trust in the Globally Mobile Workforce

  • Full or part time
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  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

As organizations expand into the global market place, there is an increasing need for a globally mobile talent pool. The trust placed by an individual in their employing organization is fundamental in the decision to relocate globally. Similarly, the trust between expatriate workers and local counterparts is critical to successful international work. Despite trust and global mobility being well established topics, the intersection remains under-researched.

The global mobility literature has grown exponentially in recent years as globalization becomes a reality for many organizations (Guo and Al Ariss, 2015), pointing to an ever-shifting context in which people are managed. A feature of this shifting context is the need for a globally mobile workforce. We continue to witness changing forms of expatriation, for example self-initiated expatriates (Suutari and Brewster, 2000), hidden expatriates (Haak-Saheem and Brewster, 2017) and inpatriates (Dickmann and Baruch, 2011) to name but a few. A shared feature among these workers is the significance of undertaking international work and the trust placed in an employer.
In the context of global mobility, trust fosters a willingness to engage with cultural differences, whereas a lack of trust may lead to ineffectual international work. There is a need to develop our understanding of the role that trust plays in international work to surface practices which influence trust.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded PhD opportunity.


Dickmann, M., & Baruch, Y. (2011). Global Careers. Oxon: Routledge.
Guo, C., & Al Ariss, A. 2015. Human resource management of international migrants: current theories and future research. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26(10), 1287–1297.
Haak-Saheem, W., & Brewster, C. 2017. ‘Hidden’ expatriates: international mobility in the United Arab Emirates as a challenge to current understanding of expatriation. Human Resource Management Journal, 27(3), 423–439.
Suutari, V., & Brewster, C. 2000. Making their own way: international experience through self-initiated foreign assignments. Journal of World Business, 20(4), 417–436.

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