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Leader-Led Action Learning: We’re Not in Training Anymore

It makes sense to link global leadership development with the achievement of strategic business objectives, especially in the midst of difficult times. Leader-led action learning has the potential to transform corporate learning in a way that goes far beyond its standard applications, but this requires a shift in mindset and skills on the part of […]

Short-Term Assignments: The Challenge to Do More Faster

Introduction: Why Short-Term Assignments? Deployment of talent on short-term international assignments is one of many trends that global companies are accelerating to cope with the global financial crisis. Short-term assignments were already on the rise due to changing workforce demographics, the need to offset recruiting gaps, increased focus on strategic global projects, and the desire […]

Leveraging Diversity for Creative Solutions: Leadership Best Practices for Virtual Collaboration

We are all looking for the next great idea – the breakthrough innovation that will catapult our organization to a higher level. Virtual teams with members scattered throughout the world are a typical part of how business is structured in today’s global environment. Is there a link between the two? Are virtual teams in international […]

Expats in China: Views from the Chinese Workplace

| Posted in: Global Mobility
Views from the Chinese Workplace - Shanghai Skyline

“I guess he is in some sort of trouble,” said a Chinese employee of a multinational company. He was talking about the expatriate supervisor who was leaving his post. In his view, the expat has gone from a stumbling start to his assignment to become very successful by the end of his second year in […]

What is Global Leadership?

| Posted in: Global Leadership
What is Global Leadership?

In order to grow in key markets around the world, there is nothing more important than getting top talent in place through recruiting, developing, and retaining the right people. Two vital questions must be answered in order to effectively target high priority global leadership development efforts: 1. What exactly is global leadership, and how is […]

Leading Global Innovation

| Posted in: Global Leadership
Leading Global Innovation

“Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity.” — Michael Porter Innovation on a Global Scale To compete globally, companies must innovate on a global scale. Corporate innovation can be defined as “new ideas plus action that results in a new product or service, process improvement, or business model.” In an increasingly global economy, this often […]

Leading and Managing Virtual Teams

| Posted in: Global Teams
How to Lead and Manage Virtual Teams

How to Lead and Manage Virtual Teams A manager is brought into his boss’s office and told he is going to be assigned to a new project. This is not a surprise; his success leading previous teams has translated into responsibility for increasingly important and complex projects. He likes a new challenge. He asks who, […]

Outsourcing & Offshoring: Considerations for a Successful Global Enterprise

The words outsourcing and offshoring provoke many different reactions. Some hear these terms and consider them a natural aspect of globalization, a way to leverage talent given the “flattening” of world business through advanced communication technologies. Others find such trends to be threatening, leading to lost jobs, a reduction in product or process quality, and […]

Cross-Border M&A: Downstream Implications

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Cross-Border M&A: Downstream Implications

Mergers and acquisitions continue to be a global craze: over $1.3 trillion has changed hands in the first half of 2006 alone on more than 13,482 deals worldwide1. But, as previous statistical summaries have indicated, the M&A failure rate continues to range between 60% and 75%. Why? It’s All About Integration There are five misconceptions […]

The Next Generation of Global Management (Part II)

Post by Ernest Gundling, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Aperian Global. In our introduction to this topic, The Next Generation of Global Management in China, India and the United States, PART 1: Convergence & Divergence, we focused our “next generation” definition and analysis on emerging managers and leaders within China, India, and the U.S. We outlined some […]