Tracing hospitality and tourism graduates’ career mobility

Tolkach, Denis, and Tung, Vincent Wing Sun (2019) Tracing hospitality and tourism graduates’ career mobility. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 31 (10). pp. 4170-4187.

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Purpose: This paper aims to evaluate the career patterns and global mobility trajectories of hospitality and tourism graduates that are relevant for global knowledge and local talent management.

Design/methodology/approach: This study maps and assesses the public profiles of over 2,000 hospitality and tourism graduates from five institutions each from a different territory using a popular online professional network.

Findings: The findings highlight a network of worldwide mobility from hospitality and tourism graduates of the five institutions. The findings also suggest five different types of mobility trajectories (i.e. stateside, intra-regional, continental, inter-regional and global) and career patterns (i.e. rooted, prospector, seeker, two-homes and wanderer).

Research limitations/implications: Geographical mobility of graduates in tourism and hospitality is one of the less studied phenomena; however, it is important to understand due to growing concerns regarding globalization of the workplace and internationalization of education.

Practical implications: This study provides insights into how knowledge transfer and talent management could be impacted by the global graduate movements.

Originality/value: This is one of the first studies to date to combine mobility trajectories with a classification of career patterns to provide implications relevant for global knowledge and local talent management.

Item ID: 63288
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1757-1049
Keywords: Knowledge transfer, Internationalization, Mobility, Talent management, Career patterns, Online professional network
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2019, Emerald Publishing Limited.
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2020 23:54
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350899 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 60%
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3505 Human resources and industrial relations > 350506 Workforce planning @ 30%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4403 Demography > 440303 Migration @ 10%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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