The survey, launched under the combined efforts of CATA and the Canadian project leaders for EMERGENCE an international group formed to investigate the quality and describe the characteristics of telemediated jobs that are relocating between Canada, Asia and Europe, was originally targeting the North American and European markets. Read More. . .

Penny Gurstein, the PI of EMERGENCE Canada, has won a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to organize a workshop, "Mapping the Global Dimensions of Telemediated Employment Relocation," at the Foundation's Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy from December 8 to 14, 2004.

The workshop will bring together an international team of researchers who are investigating the global dimensions of telemediated employment relocation. Employment relocation has become a significant factor in corporate strategies and government economic policies but few studies have significantly looked at its global dimensions. Under the term 'offshoring' it has also attracted considerable media interest and become a topic of mainstream public concern.

To date the interdisciplinary, international EMERGENCE (Estimation and Mapping of Employment Relocation in a Global Economy in the New Communications Environment) research team has conducted over 150 case studies within companies in 18 different European countries, Australia, Canada, United States, and Asia in relation to the global outsourcing and work relocation patterns that are emerging as a result of information communication technologies. Given that similar research protocols have been followed in all the cases the potential for transnational research is significant. The purpose of the international EMERGENCE team meeting is to facilitate the transfer of knowledge between the international partners and integrate the global findings for the purposes of publication and in hosting an international conference in the Spring of 2006.

The team is comprised of participants from 8 different countries, 8 different disciplines, with each team presenting their research findings and major themes. Participants will contribute to a discussion on the regional differences and implications of changing work patterns for developing and developed nations as they participate in the global economy.

During the weekend of September 18 - 21, EMERGENCE Canada held a workshop in Vancouver, BC entitled, Work, Information Technology and Restructuring in the Canadian Context. The aim of the workshop was to bring together researchers from across Canada and around the world to discuss the future direction of the EMERGENCE Canada project, share resources and research findings and to identify potential case studies for further study.

For more information on the EMERGENCE Workshop including presentation abstracts, click here.