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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Battle for the Brains: Attracting the Best and Brightest Workers

Micheline van Riemsdijk, Associate Professor of GeographyCollege of Arts and Sciences

Skilled workers are in high demand in today’s global knowledge economy. Countries vie to attract the best and brightest workers, and companies recruit employees nationally and internationally to meet their talent needs. The competition for knowledge workers has intensified as labor markets have become increasingly global. This presentation focuses on Norway, which has weathered the financial crisis better than most countries. The rapid recovery of Norway’s economy was supported by sound fiscal decisions and a sustained demand for its oil and gas-related products and services. Norway-based companies attract skilled workers with high salaries, exciting professional opportunities, generous welfare benefits, and a good work-life balance. However, these companies compete with other destinations that may be better-known and offer more cosmopolitan lifestyles. The research findings provide insights into global recruitment networks and international skilled migration flows.​

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