There are 60 million health care workers globally and most of this workforce consists of nurses, as they are key providers of primary health care. Historically, the global nurse occupation has been predominately female and segregated along gendered, racialised and classed hierarchies. In the last decade, new actors have emerged in the management of health care human resources, specifically from the corporate sector, which has created new interactions, networks, and organisational practices.
This book urgently calls for the reconceptualisation in the theoretical framing of the globalised nurse occupation from International Human Resource Management (IHRM) to Transnational Human Resource Management (THRM). Specifically, the book draws on critical human resource management literature and transnational feminist theories to frame the strategies and practices used to manage nurses across geographical sites of knowledge production and power, which centralise on how and by whom nurses are managed. In its current managerial form, the author argues that the nurses are constructed and produced as resources to be packaged for clients in public and private organisations.
Table of Contents
TRANSNATIONAL MANAGEMENT OF GLOBALISED WORKERS: NURSES BEYOND HUMAN RESOURCES Introduction Transnational human resource management of nurse labour Aim of the book The structure of the book FRAMING: PART ONE PERSPECTIVES ON TRANSNATIONALISATION OF CARE AND THE NURSE LABOUR MARKET Transnational nurse labour migration: a macro overview Regional and global flows of transnational nurse migration Traditional nurse-migration patterns Gendered migration of labour Global care economies Global care chains Global Nurse Care Chains Transnationalisation of care and producer-based care networks Nurse work as gendered and racialised labour in work organisations Coping management of nurse work Inequality regimes in work organisations Neoliberalism governance within the transnationalisation of care Summary and concluding thoughts FRAMING TRANSNATIONAL HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT OF NURSE LABOUR Critical engagement within international human resource management Critical theorists in HRM and IHRM Transnational Feminisms Organisations and institutional barriers to equality in a globalised world: the work of Joan Acker Postmodernism and transnational organising: the work of Marta B. Calás and Linda Smircich Outside organisations and outside the ‘international’: the work of Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan Outside organisations and neocolonial structural controls: the work of Chandra Mohanty Working with transnational feminism(s) Transnational human resource management: the case of producer-based care networksSummary and concluding thoughtsSITUATING: PART TWO REPRESENTATIVES AND SOCIAL WORLDS IN TRANSN
Tricia Cleland Silva is a Lecturer and Post Doctoral Researcher at Hanken School of Economics, Finland. She is the co-founder of Metaphora International, a consultancy that works with finding meaning in management and strategy through stories and metaphors.