Tracing hospitality and tourism graduates’ career mobility

Denis Tolkach, Vincent Wing Sun Tung

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Purpose: This paper aims to evaluate the career patterns and global mobility trajectories of hospitality and tourism graduates that are relevant for global knowledge and local talent management. Design/methodology/approach: This study maps and assesses the public profiles of over 2,000 hospitality and tourism graduates from five institutions each from a different territory using a popular online professional network. Findings: The findings highlight a network of worldwide mobility from hospitality and tourism graduates of the five institutions. The findings also suggest five different types of mobility trajectories (i.e. stateside, intra-regional, continental, inter-regional and global) and career patterns (i.e. rooted, prospector, seeker, two-homes and wanderer). Research limitations/implications: Geographical mobility of graduates in tourism and hospitality is one of the less studied phenomena; however, it is important to understand due to growing concerns regarding globalization of the workplace and internationalization of education. Practical implications: This study provides insights into how knowledge transfer and talent management could be impacted by the global graduate movements. Originality/value: This is one of the first studies to date to combine mobility trajectories with a classification of career patterns to provide implications relevant for global knowledge and local talent management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4170-4187
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2019


  • Career patterns
  • Internationalization
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Mobility
  • Online professional network
  • Talent management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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