Global Knowledge Work
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Global Knowledge Work

Diversity and Relational Perspectives

Edited by Katerina Nicolopoulou, Mine Karataş-Özkan, Ahu Tatli and John Taylor

Global Knowledge Work is an up-to-date account of theoretical approaches and empirical research in the multi-disciplinary topic of global knowledge workers from a relational and diversity perspective. It includes contributions from international scholars and practitioners who have been working with the concept of global knowledge workers from a number of different perspectives, including personal and academic life trajectories. They reveal that the relational framework of the three dimensions of analysis (macro-meso-micro) is relevant for analyzing the phenomenon of global knowledge workers, as expertise and specialised knowledge and its innovative application, together with the attraction and retention of talent remain key topics in the current socioeconomic conditions.
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Chapter 5: Entrepreneurship, Culture and Mobility of Knowledge Workers in European ICT SMEs: A Theoretical Framework

Kanellos-Panagiotis Nikolopoulos


Kanellos-Panagiotis Nikolopoulos INTRODUCTION The purpose of this chapter is to describe the theoretical framework of research in small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of the Information and communication technologies (ICT) sector in Greece, Ireland and the Netherlands. The research intends to explore the relation between culture, innovation, entrepreneurship and policy-making in European ICT SMEs and has the following aims: It will seek (a) to map the various stakeholders involved in the crosssection of culture, innovation, entrepreneurship and the use of Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) instruments, for example, the various EU governments, entrepreneurs, external stakeholders etc. and (b) to highlight ways in which the above-mentioned stakeholders make this interaction at the cross-section between culture, innovation, entrepreneurship and the use of HRM instruments more effective in order to generate insights into the way in which these companies utilize their human resources in Europe so as to meet the challenges of the new globalized environment in which they have to operate. In particular, the study will investigate how the mobility of knowledge workers of ICT SMEs can be increased across the EU. Background and Context for the Proposed Research The role of SMEs in Europe is paramount for various reasons. As Simonetti (2001) points out, there are three reasons why this is the case. First, SMEs are the backbone of the European industrial structure in terms of both number of firms and employment and, since the 1980s, in terms 78 M2670 - NICOLOPOULOU PRINT.indd 78 28/06/2011 16:04 Culture and mobility of knowledge workers in...

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