Global Talent Strategies and Transnational Networks


At the time of accelerated globalization and advent of the knowledge economy, global talent mobility and transnational networks has become a defining characteristic of a nation’s competitiveness. This research area is concerned with the impact of globalization upon different governments’ talent management strategies, “war for talents”, Chinese diaspora and brain circulation in both domestic and international contexts, exploring in detail and comparatively, talent strategies and challenges in Singapore, China, the United States and Southeast Asia. In the dynamic landscape of today’s global workforce and entrepreneurship, talent mobility has emerged as a pivotal strategy for organisations to thrive on an international scale, this research will also critically assess the impact of talent strategies not just on domestic and global talents, but also on the public policies and higher education governance within which talent mobility is to be situated.



Liu Hong and Li Guangzhou, eds,International Talent Strategy and Higher Education Governance: The Singapore Experience and its Implications 国际化人才战略与高等教育管理:新加坡经验与其启示 (Jinan University Press, 2020)



This book uses "talent" as the core vocabulary and selects 13 papers from the perspective of talent strategy, covering globalization and the internationalization of higher education, Singapore's talent strategy and its inspiration to China, etc. The book combines theory and empirical research, takes Nanyang Technological University as an example, explores the development model of China-Singapore universities and the construction of double first-class universities. The exploration of Singapore's talent strategy and the study of Nanyang Technological University's rapid rise experience will help promote talent strategy research and have outstanding practical significance.

Long Denggao and Liu Hong, eds, Commercial Networks and Business Behaviours: Studies in Global Chinese Entrepreneurship 商脉与商道:国际华商研究文集 (Hangzhou: Zhejiang University Press, 2018)


This book selects cutting-edge Chinese works by well-known scholars in the international academic community for the enjoyment of readers. The authors of this collection of papers are mainly overseas Chinese professors, returned overseas Chinese professors or professors who have returned from studying abroad, and come from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Singapore, China and other places. These most active scholars in this field explain the above-mentioned phenomena and problems from different perspectives such as history, sociology, economics, and management, and strive to tell the story of Chinese businessmen in standardized academic language and interpret the value of Chinese businessmen in history, present and future. The focus of attention leads readers to have a deeper understanding of the development and latest trends of Chinese businessmen. The content of the collection is divided into six parts, namely "Chinese Business Network", "Immigration and Entrepreneurship", "Operation and Management", "Century Review", "Chinese Business in China" and "Feng Yun Meeting".



Celia Lee, Talent Strategies and Leadership Development of the Public Sector: Insights from Southeast Asia (London: Routledge, 2021)


This book as part of the Routledge Focus on Public Governance in Asia series adopts a comparative country analysis, which takes into account the institutional emphasis, organisational configuration and unique characteristics of the public sector. Against the backdrop of three major stages of administrative development, i.e., the colonial, postcolonial and modern periods, this book unpacks how the talent schemes have been shaped by the reforms, experiences, cross-country knowledge transfers and evolved over time responding to globalisation and digitalisation in Southeast Asia.


Picture 6A panel on “Brain Circulation and Knowledge Transfer: A Comparative Study of Talent Strategies and Dynamic Governance in Asia and Europe” was organized on 1 June 2017 at the 2017 IIAS International Congress. Drawing on case studies from different countries, this panel uncovers and explains the importance of urban governance, philanthropy, entrepreneurship and diaspora towards migrant integration in greater depth.



Lee, C. & Goh, J. (2023). “Continuing Education and Training in a Post COVID-19 Singapore” in Liu, H.; Lee, C. & Goh, J. eds. Good Governance in a Post COVID-19 World: Global Health and Economic Recovery. Brussels: International Institute of Administrative Sciences, pp.160-174


Min Zhou and Hong Liu (2023). “Diasporic Development and Socioeconomic Integration: New Chinese Migrants in a Globalized World,” in Khatharya Um and Chiharu Takenaka, eds., Globalization and Civil Society in East Asian Space, London & New York: Routledge, pp. 141-161.


Zhang, H.M & Liu, H. (2023). Theory of Qiaoyi Studies and Research on Chinese Diaspora: Maintenance, Evolution, and Innovation. Tribune of Social Sciences, no.4. (In Chinese)

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Hong Liu and Jeremy Goh (2022). Emerging Business Transnationalism in Singapore and China: Governance, Networks, and Strategies. Asia Pacific Business Review. Published Online First. DOI: 10.1080/13602381.2022.2136232


Hong Liu, “Identity, Politics, and Transnationalism: Deciphering New Chinese Diaspora in Singapore, 2010-2020,” in Yos Santasombat ed., Transnational Chinese Diaspora in the Era of Globalization (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2022), pp. 125-152.


Liwei Zhang and Jue Wang (2022). Global Impact of Social Sciences in China, Science of Science and Management of S&T 43(05): 30-47

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Chow, A., Chen, S., Rosby L. et al. (2022). Student assistantship programme: an evaluation of impact on readiness to transit from medical student to junior doctor. BMC Med Educ 22, 99.

Zhan, S.H., Huang, L.L. and Zhou, M. (2022). Differentiation from Above and Below: Evolving Immigration Policy and the Integration Dilemma in Singapore.  Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 31(1),


Audrey Toh and Liu Hong (2021), “Language Ideologies, Chinese Identities and Imagined Futures: Perspectives from Ethnic Chinese Singaporean University Students,” Journal of Chinese Overseas, 17 (1), pp. 1-20


Zhou Min and Liu Hong (2021). “Entrepreneurship, Community Development and Social Integration: A Case Study of the United States,” in Min Zhou, ed., Forever Strangers? Contemporary Chinese Immigrants around the World, pp. 399-419. Singapore: World Scientific.


Liu Hong (2021). The New Chinese Diaspora in a Globalising Singapore,” Melbourne Asia Review, For more information......Book/Article 


Liu Hong (2021). Explaining the Dynamics and Characteristics of the Chinese Community in Singapore: A New Political Economy Approach.  Overseas Chinese History Studies, no. 4,  pp. 1-20 (In Chinese)


Zhang, L.W. and Wang, J. (2021). What affects publications’ popularity on Twitter?. Scientometrics 126(11): 9185-9198



Ortiga, Yasmin Meng-Hsuan Chou, and Jue Wang (2020). Competing for Academic Labor: Research and Recruitment Outside the Academic Center. Minerva 58(4): 607-624


Zhang, Liwei and Wang Jue (2020). Talent Policy: What Matters for Overseas Chinese Scholars?, Studies in Science of Science 38(8): 1390-1396. (In Chinese)


Liu, Hong and Huimei Zhang (2020). Singapore as a Nexus of Migration Corridors: The Qiaopi System and Diasporic Heritage. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 29 (2):207-226.



Liu, Hong. (2019). “Global Talent Management and Higher Education Governance: The Singapore Experience in a Comparative Perspective.” In Liu, H, ed., Research Handbook of International Talent Management. Cheltenham, pp. 339-363, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing

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Lee, C. & Rezaei, S. (2019). Talent management strategies in the Public Sector: a Review of Talent Management Schemes in Southeast Asia. In Liu H, ed., Research Handbook of International Talent Management, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, pp. 364-395



Ma, Sirui. (2019), An Overview of The 2019 Conference on Global Migration and Talent Mobility ‘Globalized China: 70 Years of Migration and Interaction’”, The International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies 11, no. 2: 113-118


Na Ren and Hong Liu, (2019). “Domesticating ‘Transnational Cultural Capital’:  The Chinese State and Diasporic Technopreneur Returnees,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 2308-2327.

Rosalie Hooi and Jue Wang (2019), “Research Funding and Academic Engagement: a Singapore Case”. Knowledge Management Research & Practice. DOI:10.1080/14778238.2019.1638739


Yasmin Ortiga, Meng-Hsuan Chou, Gunjan Sondhi, and Jue Wang (2019). Working within the Aspiring Centre: Professional Status and Mobility Among Migrant Faculty in Singapore”. Higher Education Policy 32 (2), 149-166