Diversity and Relational Perspectives
Edited by Katerina Nicolopoulou, Mine Karataş-Özkan, Ahu Tatli and John Taylor
Katerina Nicolopoulou, Mine Karataş-Özkan, Ahu Tatli and John Taylor The present edited volume of chapters is our second attempt to capture a snapshot of the evolution of the concept of global knowledge work and workers and theoretical and practical implications of this phenomenon. Back in 2007, we edited a special issue on global knowledge workers, which was published by the Equal Opportunities International journal. That special issue aimed to circumscribe the concept, delineate its dimensions, discuss the several ways in which global knowledge workers appear in the economy and the workplace, and highlight the tensions as well as challenges they are faced with. Our purpose at the time was to fuel the academic debate and research on the intersectional diversity and relationality of the career and life trajectories of global knowledge workers. Over the last four years, the developments in the practice of global knowledge work and the academic debates surrounding the issue have proven that our initial interest in creating an interdisciplinary body of knowledge and research in the topic were worthwhile, while the topic itself is still timely, relevant and increasingly prominent. The term ‘knowledge economy’ often refers to a transformed economy where investment in ‘knowledge-based assets’ such as intellectual property (or manufactured capital), design, R&D, and human and organisational capital have become far more crucial compared with investment in physical assets (Brinkley et al., 2009). This shift has transformed the nature of work, strategies and actions of organisations and thus it has changed the...