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Defining the “global” in global leadership

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  • Mendenhall, Mark E.
  • Reiche, B. Sebastian
  • Bird, Allan
  • Osland, Joyce S.
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    While scholars have begun to develop the conceptual foundations of global leadership, few attempts have been made to unify the plethora of existing definitions. We argue that the lack of a precise, rigorous and commonly accepted definition of global leadership limits the field's conceptual and empirical progress. Building on recommended practice for construct definitions, we first review and critique existing definitions of global leadership. Second, we specifically focus on explicating the global construct encompassed by the global leadership phenomenon and propose three dimensions along which this sub-construct can be analyzed: complexity, flow, and presence. Finally, we offer a revised construct definition and conclude with implications for research and practice.

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    Volume (Year): 47 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 493-503

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    Keywords: Global leadership; Global context; Complexity; Boundary spanning; Geographical co-location; Construct definition;

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    1. Farndale, Elaine & Pai, Avinash & Sparrow, Paul & Scullion, Hugh, 2014. "Balancing individual and organizational goals in global talent management: A mutual-benefits perspective," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 204-214.

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