The Global Economy's Last Barrier: Cross-Border Mobility of Highly Educated Workers

11/5/2003
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​The most valuable resource of any global firm today is the intellectual capital in the minds of its professional employees. Changing business models and demographic trends will require increased global mobility over the next several decades. The challenge for government and business leaders is to determine how best to harness intellectual capital to remain competitive in a global economy.

The Executive Working Group on Global Mobility Policies (EWG) was convened in January 2002 to identify problems in current mobility policies, assess options for change, and develop model policies that can be adopted and advanced by corporate and government decision makers around the globe. Based on the experience of professionals responsible for administering global mobility programs at some of the world’s leading corporations, "Global Mobility: The Last Trade Barrier" provides a vision about the emerging place of globally mobile employees in the interconnected worldwide economy.

Global companies view global mobility as a business tool to place highly-educated workers in the location where their "intellectual capital" can best be utilized to attain a corporate objective. Globally mobile employees can be grouped into four distinct categories.

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