International management and leadership: developing a global mindset

Erwee, Ronel (2003) International management and leadership: developing a global mindset. In: Global business, environments and strategies: managing for global competitive advantage. Oxford University Press Southern Africa, Cape Town, pp. 217-247. ISBN 0195786823


The development, growth, and dynamics of international business, the increasing importance of international trade and investment, and the continuing trend towards economic
integration were the topics of Part I. The discussion
in Part II focused on the global business environments facing international business enterprises. These comprised the dynamic and continuously changing, often
volatile, economic, political, legal, technological,
and cultural environments. Given the increasing importance of financial issues worldwide, the global monetary system was explored as an important dimension and
extension of the international economic environment.

This chapter initially sets out to explain and
clarify a number of relevant concepts and terms in the context of international management and leadership. This is followed by a brief exploration of the environment of international management and leadership, the role of
international management, and the requisite skills and attributes to fulfil these roles. A discussion
of the increasing importance of crosscultural
leadership completes the first part of this chapter.

Notwithstanding the increasing demands on international management and leadership, recent evidence uneqUivocally supports the notion that. to ensure continued success. international companies and business leaders must
cultivate a global mindset. Accordingly. this
chapter is concluded by identifying the need for a global mindset, arguing why mindset matters, indicating how global mindsets are developed, emphasizing the importance of mindset in cross-cultural leadership, and explaining how the new breed of global managers are to be
socialized for the successful management of
multinational enterprises in the 21 st century.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 30 May 2010 06:53
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 02:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: strategic international human resource management; mindset; international staffing; cross-cultural training;
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150308 International Business
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified

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