Home sweet home: creating a sense of place in globally mobile working lives

Ridgway, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-4426-6516 and Kirk, S., 2021. Home sweet home: creating a sense of place in globally mobile working lives. Global Networks. ISSN 1470-2266

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Globalization has transformed spatial relations, increasing the demand for mobility. Literature tends to see the de-emphasising of national identity and the foregrounding of a cosmopolitan identity as central to an individual’s ability to navigate this global landscape. For individuals who are constantly moving the question is how do globally mobile workers navigate the intersection of identity, meaningfulness and place? This interpretivist study explores this question through an analysis of 68 semi-structured interviews with individuals engaged in different forms of global mobility, ranging from traditional expatriate assignments through to global commuting and business travel. Our findings highlight how a complex interplay between national and cosmopolitan identities influences the search for meaningfulness in the lives of these workers. Drawing on notions of meaning and place, we argue that employers should provide opportunities to access identity narratives though networking and other IHRM practices that enable these workers to create a sense of meaningfulness in their lives. Thus, we offer a contribution to identity studies and the field of global mobility.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Global Networks
Creators: Ridgway, M. and Kirk, S.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 24 February 2021
ISSN: 1470-2266
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 26 Feb 2021 08:33
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 03:00
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42394

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