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Geographic Mobility as a System of Power Relations Inside Business Networks

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Abstract This article focuses on the capacity of business élites to be ubiquitous—present on different scenes, geographically far from one another, simultaneously through the means of the mobility (and immobility) of other people who replace them. Based on interviewers with a sample of 52 people from three French multinationals we find that for many business managers, mobility appears to be more an imperative dictated by their role than a choice. For them an ambiguous interpretation of mobility occurs that fluctuates between it being viewed as a resource and a cost, a reward and a trial. At the same time their mobility facilitates differential accumulation of informational capital and social capital for their superiors.

Affiliations: 1: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore ; 2: Institut d’Etudes Politiques


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