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'A life on the ocean wave': the 'post-socialist' careers of Chinese, Russian and Eastern European seafarers

Wu, Bin and Morris, Jonathan Llewellyn ORCID: 2006. 'A life on the ocean wave': the 'post-socialist' careers of Chinese, Russian and Eastern European seafarers. The International Journal of Human Resource Management 17 (1) , pp. 25-48. 10.1080/09585190500366201

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The emergence of the global labour market (GLM) provides a novel platform for young professional workers to design and develop their careers. This is particularly true for those from China, the former Soviet Union and other Eastern European countries, where economic liberation has made it easier for professionals to move both internally and internationally. Taking into account national variations in economic transition and political constraints, several questions are raised. How does the GLM, for example, influence its choice of employers and career development? What are the similarities and differences between Chinese and Eastern European seafarers? What factors contribute to these differences? Those questions are addressed here, through a study of the case of seafarers for whom a global labour market has been established since the 1980s. By collecting crew information worldwide, a global seafarer database has been built in the Seafarers' International Research Centre (SIRC) at Cardiff University. Accordingly, this paper develops a methodological framework for analysing and comparing seafarers' careers, and revealing the features of career development amongst four major seafarer supplier countries: China, Russia, the Ukraine and Poland.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Uncontrolled Keywords: Global labour market; seafarer career; transitional countries
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0958-5192
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:56

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