Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
We've all heard of innovative new firms fueled by the ambitions of talented lateral thinkers. We've all come across the topic of brain drain. But what does it feel like to vote with your feet and leave one country for another in hopes of better markets and a more attractive business culture?

One book, a book which was never intended to be used outside of the corporation whose history it describes, has recently been celebrated as a case study of Nordic brain drain. That may seem strange to economists and business publication readers who tend to picture the Nordic region as a sort of mecca of innovation, economic restraint and talent. But if one is to believe the account provided in the "Original History of The SPACEPOL Corporation" which came out in 2012, the Nordic region is everything but an appropriate and welcoming environment for multilingual and multi-talented pioneers with an international background. In fact, according to the new book, discriminatory behaviour, insularism and poor decision-making practices are almost the norm.

Interestingly, not a word is mentioned about high taxes, astronomical prices or red tape- subjects that one tends to expect to arise in any account detailing the flight of talent and business from a region.

The book follows the harrowing tale of several of the founders of a high-knowledge research network in Finland and Norway and who gradually find themselves struggling to escape a seemingly almost universal stagnation, discrimination and apathy in their own region in the 2000s. Luckily, the main founder has connections to Canada where there appears to be a vibrant and welcoming culture of innovation. The choice to relocate the network which has now become a commercial business is not hard for the team who vote with their feet and leave their Nordic roots behind them- seemingly with gusto.

So what are the lessons to be learned from this sordid brain drain tale downunder?

There would appear to be many things that Australian governments, industry and academia could take home from this experience. Perhaps most important is the recurring theme of exclusion of talented individuals from society based upon racial or linguistic factors and how that can eventually evolve into serious economic and talent losses for a nation when gifted people go elsewhere. Also, it would appear that countries with a strong culture of risk avoidance and the stagnation it creates are not attractive places for the best and the brightest to hang out and do their innovation.

Australia shares quite a few societal and cultural factors with Canada. What brought a high-knowledge corporation and its crew to Canada would then be of interest also in Australia which also seeks to attract unusual and strategic talent.

Universities, business schools, government agencies and Australians interested in how to attract and keep the best talent would do well to delve into one of the few existing tales of brain drain out there. This is a book that should be required reading in nations on both the losing and the gaining end of the brain drain phenomenon.


Title: Original History of The SPACEPOL Corporation
ISBN13:  9780981247564
Pages: 72
Publisher: SPACEPOL Academic Publishers

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SPACEPOL Éditeurs universitaires Academic Publishers operates in a global niche market, offering high-demand and peer-reviewed titles in new and emerging fields before they've even reached the drawing board at most other publishing houses. Space Law, Public Innovation and Technology Policy as well as Corporate Strategy for expat firms in hostile markets have been the subject matter of our recent book releases. Governments, international agencies and multinational corporations regularly acquire our titles as an essential element in their strategic libraries.
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