Nested Ethnographies of Skills Transfer (NEST)


The NEST project investigates the conditions under which employees in Danishfirms and public organisations create social networks that contribute to skillstransfer. A key concern here is how diversity can contribute to skills transfer inDenmark while avoiding parallel societies emerging among migrant and expatriate communities. NEST examines a series of cases based on differences in three dimensions: skill level (unskilled to professional), spatial mobility (national to transnational), and personal characteristics (homogenous to heterogenous in gender and ethnicity). Eight cases are examined covering a range of Danish firms and public organisations. NEST applies a nested ethnography approach, embedding the cases in a ‘nest’ from Statistics Denmark data on individual employee and organisational characteristics. The nest is the context for the ethnographic work, which provides in-depth analyses of network formation and skill transfer that can be generalised with the nested data.


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Danmarks frie forskningsfond

Collaborative partners:

Movia, Dantaxi 4x48, ISS World - Denmark, Region Hovedstaden, Novo Nordisk AS



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