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International academic mobility and innovation: a literature review

Paulette Siekierski (Department of International Business, Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Manolita Correia Lima (Department of International Business, Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Felipe Mendes Borini (Department of International Business, Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Rafael Morais Pereira (Faculdade de Economia, Administração e Contabilidade, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Journal of Global Mobility

ISSN: 2049-8799

Article publication date: 7 September 2018

Issue publication date: 31 October 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to conduct a literature review in order to understand the relationship that exists between international academic mobility (IAM) and innovation and its impact on the countries of origin, country of destination and the countries of origin and destination simultaneously of academics.

Design/methodology/approach

After analysing 36 articles selected from 15 top journals by way of a systematic review of the literature, the authors located 20 variables, including five related to innovation with a positive, negative or null impact on the countries.

Findings

The five innovation proxies identified were: highly qualified human capital”, “attractive research and working conditions”, “patent filing”, “publications” and “research networks”, all related to Science, Technology and Innovation. The results highlight the evidence that the different dimensions of innovation have a differentiated impact on the countries of origin and destination and in both at the same time.

Practical implications

Knowing the types of innovation that IAM generates enables governments to invest in scientific, technological, economic and social development to choose the best measures for attracting and retaining academics. For the industry, technological catch-up and highly skilled labour means enhancing competitiveness and capacity building, growth in Research and Development (R&D), the creation of new products, patent filing, increased investments and the expansion of internationalisation.

Originality/value

This paper shows that the association between IAM and innovation is differentiated for the countries. Both countries involved in the association receive a positive impact in the publications and research networks. The main impact to countries of origin is the increase of highly qualified human capital. On the other hand, the benefits for the countries of destination concern patent filing, working conditions and an attractive research environment.

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Citation

Siekierski, P., Lima, M.C., Borini, F.M. and Pereira, R.M. (2018), "International academic mobility and innovation: a literature review", Journal of Global Mobility, Vol. 6 No. 3/4, pp. 285-298. https://doi.org/10.1108/JGM-04-2018-0019

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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