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Guest editorial: Living in a “bubble”: Global working communities and insulation in mobile contexts

Gaggiotti, Hugo; Case, Peter; Lauring, Jakob

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Hugo Gaggiotti
Professor in Human Resource Management

Jakob Lauring


Globally mobile workers are often depicted as isolated individuals and families, who navigate crises and hazards more or less on their own (Dabic, González-Loureiro and Harvey, 2015; Bader, Stoermer, Bader and Schuster, 2018; McNulty, Lauring, Jonasson and Selmer, 2019). However, experiential knowledge suggests that in the case of, for example, assigned, and self-initiated expatriates as well as multinational professionals, their assignments are rarely undertaken as isolated individuals (Fechter, 2016; Puchmüller and Fischlmayr, 2017). Rather, it has been documented that mobile workers across the globe seek contact in ways that suggest the existence of distinct communities (Cohen, 1977). These groupings can in some instances become secluded collectives that effectively insulate foreign nationals from the local socio-cultural environments. In this situation, it is not uncommon to observe nationality-based bonding in places where global mobile workers work on international assignments. In some instances, they are even physically isolated in gated communities (Lauring and Selmer, 2009). Alternatively, globally mobile employees and professional experts can sometimes unite around shared identities and values (Harrington and Seabrooke, 2020; Zhang, Lauring and Liu, 2021). Although some research has been conducted on mobile work communities, this theme has generally received limited attention and many questions remain unanswered. This could, for example, be in relation to their ultimate purpose, their acceptance and rejection criteria, and their robustness.

Journal Article Type Editorial
Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2023
Online Publication Date Mar 24, 2023
Publication Date Mar 24, 2023
Deposit Date Mar 24, 2023
Publicly Available Date Apr 3, 2023
Journal Journal of Global Mobility
Print ISSN 2049-8799
Electronic ISSN 2049-8802
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 1
Pages 1-5
Series ISSN 2049-8799
Keywords International management, worker mobility, professions, workforce mobility, expatriates
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