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A simple way to describe global leadership is that it is “leadership” with construct “global” in front of it. In other words, it means leading in a global context or environment. But what does the term, “global,” really mean? Just like the terms, “art,” “beauty,” and “love” hold different meanings for different people, scholars working in this new field of global leadership found that different scholars had various implicit definitions of the construct, “global.” My colleagues and I have recently been trying to delineate in more fine-grained detail what the concept of “global” means and how we should think about it in reference to leadership.  Our publications to date on this issue are listed below:

Bird, A., & Mendenhall, M.E. (2016). From cross-cultural management to global leadership: Evolution and adaptation. Journal of World Business, 51 (1): 115–126.

Mendenhall, M.E., Osland, J.S., & Stevens, M.J. (2015). Developing global leaders for emerging markets. Journal of the International Academy of Strategic Management, (7) 1: 3–10.  Available Here

Stevens, M.J., Bird, A., Mendenhall, M.E., & Oddou, G. (2014). Measuring global leader intercultural competency: Development and validation of the Global Competencies Inventory (GCI). In J. Osland, M. Li, & Y. Wang (eds.). Advances in Global Leadership, Volume 8,Bingley, UK: Emerald, pp. 99-138.

B. Sebastian Reiche, Allan Bird, Mark E. Mendenhall and Joyce S. Osland. “Toward a taxonomy of the global leadership construct.” EIASM Workshop on International Management. Copenhagen Business School. Copenhagen, Denmark. October 23, 2014.

Miska, C., Mendenhall, M. E., Stahl, G. K. “Conceptualizing the global dimension of responsible leadership.”6th International Conference on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility. Berlin, Germany, October 8, 2014.

Reiche, B.S., Bird, A., Mendenhall, M.E., & Osland, J.S. “Toward a taxonomy of the global leadership construct.” Best Paper of the “People and Careers in Cross-Cultural Business” track at the Academy of International Business, and nominated for the Temple/AIB Best Paper Award. Vancouver, Canada, June 25, 2014.

Maznevski, M., Stahl, G.K., & Mendenhall, M. (2013). Introduction to special issue: Towards an integration of global leadership practice and scholarship: Repairing disconnects and heightening mutual understanding. European Journal of Management, 7(5): 493-499.

Mendenhall, M.E., & Bird, A. (2013). In search of global leadership. Organizational Dynamics, 42: 167-174.  Available Here

Reiche, B.S., Mendenhall, M.E., Bird, A., & Osland, J.S. (2013). What is global leadership? The World Financial Review, March-April 2013: 24-27. Available here and here

Reiche, B.S., & Mendenhall, M.E. (2013). Looking to the future. In Mendenhall, M.E., Osland, J., Bird, A., Oddou, G., Maznevski, M., Stevens, M.J., & Stahl, G.K. (2013). Global leadership: Research, practice, and development. (2nd edition). London: Routledge: 260-269.

Osland, J., Li, L., Wang, L., & Mendenhall, M.E. “The Current State of the Global Leadership Field.” Global Leadership Symposium, Orlando, FL, August 8, 2013.

Mendenhall, M.E., Reiche, B.S., Bird, A., & Osland, J.S. (2012) Defining the “global” in global leadership. Journal of World Business, 47(4): 493-503.

Mendenhall, M. Reiche, R.S., Bird, A., Osland, J. “Toward a Refinement of the Global Leadership Construct.”Academy of Management, Boston,August, 2012.