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Dimensions of an Individual Global Mindset

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  • Dekker, Wim den

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Economische Wetenschappen en Econometrie (Free University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics Sciences, Business Administration and Economitrics)

  • Jansen, Paul G.W.
  • Vinkenburg, Claartje J.
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    The process of globalization forces companies and individuals to develop global mindsets. However, what a global mindset means on an individual level, how it relates to globalization, and which factors influence this mindset remains unclear. So far, research on this topic has been more conceptual than empirical. In this article we will describe the individual global mindset and its dimensions based on interviews with fifteen global leaders of three multinational companies. Our empirical study reveals that an individual global mindset is a way one perceives the world and the globalization of markets, people and companies. A global leader has a global mindset when this person has a positive attitude toward the above mentioned developments. The functions of an individual global mindset to a global leader are a means to structure the complex global reality and to provide guidelines for appropriate leadership behavior like formulating a global vision and interpersonal skills. Therefore, an individual global mindset is a way of thinking rather than behavior. In comparison with a domestic or an expatriate leader a global leader is considered to possess a broader perspective on the world, on markets, companies, and people.

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    Paper provided by VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics in its series Serie Research Memoranda with number 0014.

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    Date of creation: 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:dgr:vuarem:2005-14

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    Keywords: Globalization; Global Leadership; Global Mindset; Global Mindset Dimensions;

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