Brain drain or brain gain?

Examining the talent networks in audiovisual coproduction between Taiwan and China

Authored by: Hsiao-Ling Chung

Routledge Handbook of Cultural and Creative Industries in Asia

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138959927
eBook ISBN: 9781315660509
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According to theories on the creative economy (Howkins 2001) and creative class (Florida 2005, 2002), talent-driven economy thrives on the prospect that the cultural and creative input of those that are highly skilled and idea-driven competitively yield economic output. In particular, individualized motivations, largely project-based ad hoc working patterns, informal hiring, and non-linear career progression of the talented make the creative industries different to other sectors and have led to a new way of organizing business (Oakley 2006). Also, creative processes require diverse individuals to interact with each other and with the wider social and cultural context to generate and exchange ideas (Bilton and Cummings 2014). The intangible influence of talent is not determined quantitatively (Hesmondhalgh and Baker 2011; Pratt 2008; Shearmur 2007), and depends on a clustering infrastructure that brings it together (Turok 2003). Correspondingly, it is found that the motivation and mobility of ‘cultural talent’ to migrate is driven by the expectations of the talent for better economic and career possibilities, access to larger markets, interaction with other producers of culture, and entrepreneurial pursuits for international reputation (Solimano 2008).

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