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IFKAD 2017 Special Tracks

High skilled migration's impact on innovation and knowledge management
A large number of countries aim to become 'knowledge based economies', whereby economic growth is dependent on the level of knowledge in the workforce (Ramirez et al., 2012, Pinnington, and Kamoche, 2004). In this sense many studies put attention that highly skilled migration in the way of brain drain, gain drain, circular brain is increasing (Dumont and Lemaitre 2005, Docquier et al. 2005; Kumpikate and Mihi-Ramirez, 2013; Mihi-Ramirez et al, 2016). For instance, in the United States, more than 20% of the science and engineering employees are immigrants from developing countries (Xu, 2015). In addition, high skilled migrants quite often could be seen as knowledge transferors (Jackson, 2012, Pinnington, et al, 2014 ). The importance of this topic may be viewed from two angles. First of all, innovation contributes to migration and entrepreneurship in the host countries, especially in the case of highly-skilled immigrants (Xu, 2015). Secondly, knowledge can enhance the effects of migration flows. Knowledge that migrants acquire abroad can be transferred to the homeland after return (Abdelbaki, 2009; Brzozowski, 2011, 2012). Migratory networks facilitate the transfer of knowledge and skills, such as in the case of universities or expatriate workers (Pinnington, et al, 2014, Mihi-Ramirez et al, 2014, Kumpikaite-Valiuniene and Zickute (forthcoming)). Therefore, this track welcomes papers looking at innovation, knowledge management and their connection with migration flows, especially in terms of highly skilled migration, brain/ gain/ circular drain.

High-Skilled Migration, Knowledge Management, Innovations

Vilmante Kumpikaite-Valiuniene | Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
Ashly H. Pinnington | The British University in Dubai, UAE
Antonio Mihi Ramirez | University of Granada, Spain
Jan Brzozowski | Cracow University of Economics, Poland