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3rd Global Mobility Forum - Global Work & Life Conversations

Date and time

Tuesday 13. April 2021 at 10:00 to 12:00

Registration Deadline

Tuesday 13. April 2021 at 09:55


Webinar (Zoom) Webinar (Zoom)

3rd Global Mobility Forum - Global Work & Life Conversations

Event Description

Panel discussion part of the Global Mobility Forum series, hosted by
CBS Diversity and Difference & GLOMO - Global Mobility of Employees:

Global Work & Life Conversations:  ‘societal participation of international talents’ & ‘the role of English language at work’

Join the conversation amongst a panel of researchers and practitioners debating the illusion of “glamourous global life & work” and implications for business, society and future research.

Welcome and introduction by Kerstin Martel andIvan O. Vulchanov, both PhD candidates at CBS, Dpt. of Management, Society & Communication and researchers on the Horizon2020 project GLOMO: “Global Mobility of Employees”


- Jai Patel, Head of International Mobility, Philips
- Kathy Borys Siddiqui, Founder, Active Action
- Nicolaj Lubanski, Dir. Talent Attraction, Copenhagen Capacity
- Alexandra Mol, Senior Manager HR Activiation, Philips

The intensifying international flavor of cities such as Copenhagen or Amsterdam, supported by place branding and talent attraction initiatives, seems to facilitate an "easy integration" of foreign workers. Moreover, the impression of getting along, even without speaking the local language is reinforced by corporate policies that promote English as the working language. 

Nonetheless, individuals are facing challenges in engaging in purposeful activities locally or establishing social connections at work and beyond. In addition, idealistic presentations of English-speaking working environments may leave mobile individuals unprepared for the local language context. With the above as a point of departure, we will explore how leaders in Global HR and Communications envisage their organization’s role with regards to social anchoring and inclusion of so-called “internationals” / “highly qualified migrants” beyond job performance.


Research presentation: ‘English language in organisations’, by Ivan O. Vulchanov
Followed by a brief 1st round of brief statements from panelists plus questions from attendees

Research presentation: ‘Societal participation and anchoring of internationals’, by Kerstin Martel
Followed by a brief 2ndround brief statements from panelists plus questions from attendees

Panel Discussion addressing both topics in relation to organizational and societal practices: Jai PatelKathy Borys SiddiquiNicolaj Lubanski and Alexandra Mol Followed by attendee questions, comments and open debate


The event is organized and facilitated by Kerstin Martel and Ivan O. Vulchanov, PhD candidates at CBS and researchers on the project “Gobal Mobility of Employees”and members of the CBS research platform Diversity and Difference.

The event will take place online via Zoom – please note that link and access code will be available to participants signed up for the event.


Consortium: University of Bamberg, Copenhagen Business School, Cranfield University, Institute for Employment Research, Toulouse Business School, University of Vaasa


Organizer Contact Information

Copenhagen Business School
Phone: +45 3815 3815

Organizer Contact Information

Copenhagen Business School
Phone: +45 3815 3815