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[2010] Cultural Capital and Cross-Border Career Ladders: Western Professional Migrants in Taiwan Cultural Capital and Cross-Border Career Ladders: Western Professional Migrants in Taiwan

The author argues that cultural capital is an important but neglected aspect of developing cross-border careers, and that it is especially important when social capital is lacking. Most of the supporting information was gathered during in-depth interviews with 40 western professional migrants (36 currently and four previously employed by Taiwanese firms), supplemented by data from interviews with 29 Taiwanese human resource and corporate managers. The data indicate that after using their home cultural capital to find jobs with Taiwanese firms doing business with western companies, the interviewees acquired local cultural and social capital that allowed them to pursue six cross-border career options. Moving to Taiwan is representative of the migration phenomenon from more- to less-developed countries during a period of rapidly expanding economies or economic downturns. The migrants interviewed generally had limited organizational experience (affecting home-country opportunities) and a strong desire for international knowledge and adventure.


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