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Global leadership: An Analysis of three Leadership Competency Models in Multinational Corporations

McCarthy, Christine (2010) Global leadership: An Analysis of three Leadership Competency Models in Multinational Corporations. PhD thesis, Dublin City University.

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Abstract

At a time of rapid business globalisation when leaders are required to operate in diverse international environments, it is essential for multinational corporations to appreciate the complexities leaders face and support individuals in developing the requisite competencies. How then can leaders move from one-dimensional to cross-cultural models of global leadership to encourage more fluid and contextualised international business operations? This thesis examines extant leadership competency models (LCMs) in three multinational companies - selected from across Europe and the US – and attempts to understand how effectively these models translate across different regions and cultures. Such examination is based on semi-structured, in-depth qualitative interviews with 38 middle management and HR leaders who work across various cultural contexts in the three corporations. The underlying thesis of the study – that national culture impacts on the implementation and interpretation of LCMs – is built into analysis that highlights the ethnocentric nature of these models. For LCMs to effectively enhance leadership in global businesses, it is argued that cultural literacy and a global mindset are fundamental to LCM development. This study fills a gap in existing research that has rarely given systematic attention to the enactment of universal LCMs in multinational organisations. It will be the purpose of this work to judge the effectiveness of leadership competencies in a cross-cultural context, and to set the ground rules for the development of multinational LCMs in the future

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Date of Award:21 September 2010
Refereed:No
Supervisor(s):Pearson-Evans, Aileen and Williams, Jenny
Uncontrolled Keywords:Leadership Competency Models; Intercultural Studies; Intercultural Leadership
Subjects:Humanities > Culture
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:15711
Deposited On:05 Apr 2011 11:05 by Jenny Williams. Last Modified 07 Oct 2013 15:55

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