The effect of the national immigration system on implementation of international projects in Ireland
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MBA in Project Management
Dublin Business School
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Globalization is an interesting trend underlining the importance of Project Management in the international context. There are large numbers of projects implemented around the world that have an international component. Cheaper means of transportation opened opportunities of affordable travel for many people, while advances in communication technology allowed companies to source expertise necessary for their projects from different locations. However, international travel and employment are regulated by national governments and in many cases are subject to immigration restrictions. The research aims to examine the Irish immigration system from the Project Management perspective. It also draws from other disciplines, such as HR Management, when exploring the international recruitment and relocation processes, and Immigration and Labour Law, when exploring entry and employment of individuals who are subject to immigration restrictions. The wide scope of literature is analysed covering topics: impact of globalization, definition and classification of international projects, international stakeholders and their project roles, international assignment types, international skill shortages, migration policy and trends in Ireland as well as in other OECD countries, European and Irish immigration law. The primary research explores how immigration system related factors affect project outcomes. It is based on actual experience of main customers of the system: companies established in Ireland that engage non-EEA professionals and non-EEA professionals working in Ireland in various project roles. The findings are summarized and discussed within each of ten Project Management Knowledge areas. Conclusions identify gaps in the system and suggest possible solutions to problems these customers of the system regularly face. Author Keywords: Irish Immigration System, Project Management, Project Stakeholder Management, HR Management, International Project Management, Skill Shortages