Brainpower Process: Understanding Chinese Talent Flow Between China and Australia (80294)

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Despite extensive research on Chinese talent flow between the home and host countries, little is known about the talent flow between China and Australia. This research addresses a gap in the existing body of knowledge regarding the flow of Chinese talent between these two countries. Scholars describe the flow of talent through several prominent “brain” concepts such as brain drain, brain circulation, and, most recently, brain linkage. This study aims to investigate the characteristics of talent flow between China and Australia. The study conducted 22 semi-structured interviews with Chinese talent who moved to Australia as Chinese international students. After they graduated from Australian universities, most participants remained and gained work experiences in knowledge-based industries before becoming entrepreneurs in Australia. Some returned to China, however most decided to stay in Australia. The research sheds light on the complex interplay of factors influencing Chinese talent flow, its dynamics and contingency on various factors and individual decisions. The push-and-pull theory serves as a framework to explore the factors shaping talent flow. Notably, this study has found that Chinese talent combine Australia’s work-life balance with China’s economic opportunities, benefiting both individuals and the two nations. The research highlights the temporal nature of talent decisions, with participants often delaying their return to China until favourable prospects emerge, such as improved business opportunities or familial responsibilities. Overall, the study argues that integrating brain concepts and the push-and-pull theory provides valuable insights into the current dynamics of talent flow.

Denis Leonov, Curtin University, Australia

About the Presenter(s)
Mr Denis Leonov is a University Doctoral Student at Curtin University in Australia

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00