Developing Global Business Leaders: Policies, Processes, and Innovations


The widening gap between the requirements of multinational organizations and the strategic and managerial abilities of their leaders, many of whose core experiences predated the globalization of business, has created the need for this book. Editors Mark E. Mendenhall, Torsten M. Kühlmann, and Günter K. Stahl have organized the results of their research- and that of their colleagues in the fields of leadership development, international management, and organizational psychology- for the benefit of scholars and practitioners alike. After surveying current practices to bring the reader up to speed on global leadership development as pursued by the United States, Germany, Japan, and with regard to women in leadership positions, the book's focus shifts to a discussion of effective organizational processes. In the third and final section, contributors analyze the research that has been done on extending human resource management functional practices- such as selection instrumentation, the use of assessment centers, multinational work groups, cross-cultural training programs, and repatriation policies- to global leadership development.

The editors define and analyze global leadership and, in their review of the research, clarify exactly what we know and don't know about developing global leadership skills and what it might be profitable to learn. Practitioners will benefit from the contributors well-grounded insights into such issues as the key distinctions between global and domestic corporations, which dimensions of competency transcend internal corporate leadership dimensions, and how global leadership competencies should be developed.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Mark E. Mendenhall
  • Allan Bird
  • Marion Festing
  • Torsten M. Kühlmann
  • Nancy J. Adler
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2001


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