Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 1 2003, page 61-69.
Torben Andersen og Steen Scheuer
In this article, economic managers in private employment are the focus of this article, especially with regard to their attitudes towards expatriation, i.e. taking up work abroad. While much of the literature indicates considerable hesitation towards issues of expatriation, a survey of members of the Danish Unemployment Insurance Fund for business economists, the CA (the ‘insurance rate’ is so high as to consider the membership of CA as broadly representative of this group of employees) shows surprisingly positive attitudes towards expatriation among economic managers. This attitude is not surprisingly stronger among younger people and among those who already have been working abroad. These positive results are somewhat in contradiction to the picture drawn in recent research. Not much seems to indicate that Danish economic managers pursue narrow self-interests and stay at home to seek to shortest route to the top in the company. They accept going abroad, and their experiences in doing so are positive. When I think of an economist, I usually think of someone who teaches economics.