International knowledge professionals: contemporary career concerns and implications

Marian Crowley-Henry, Dublin Institute of Technology

Document Type Conference Paper

New Ideas for a new century: the 11th. Annual Conference of the Irish Academy of Management, 3rd-5th September 2008, Dublin City University Business School, Dublin, Ireland


This study supplements existing contemporary research on knowledge workers. It takes an interpretivist approach to represent and analyse a new breed and under-researched sub-category of international assignee termed ‘bounded transnationals’ by the author. In the context of this paper these can be simply described as internationally-located knowledge professionals. This sample has committed to living indefinitely in the host country as foreign residents where they are employed under local country contracts of employment. The paper explores how the sample perceives and makes sense of careers in the context of globalisation and change.