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					      That Certain Global Something:
       The Elusive Global Mindset
                                        Schon Beechler
                                  Columbia Business School
                                  Email: SLB7@Columbia.Edu

             Presentation at the Academy of Management, Honolulu,
                               Hawaii, August 2005




          Our* Approach to Global
•                    Mindset
    Is a cognitive approach
      – Global Mindset is characterized by two primary
        dimensions:
            • Cosmopolitanism
                  – An orientation toward the outside, the other; openness and
                    willingness to explore and learn from alternative systems of
                    meaning
            • Cognitive complexity
                  – The degree of differentiation, articulation and integration within
                    a cognitive structure
                                                                          Global
                                                                          Mindset
                                             Cosmopolitanism



                                                                                    Cognitive Complexity
* Levy, Beechler, Boyacigiller and Taylor. 2005. What We Talk About When We Talk About “Global Mindset”?
Managerial Cognition in Multinational Corporations. Paper under review.




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     Beechler’s Bicycle Model of Global
                Leadership
                 The Global Landscape
Environmental Complexity
driven by
         -technological change
         -increasing competition
         -influence and
         Interdependence with
         various stakeholders,
                                                           Global mindset
         etc.
                                                           -cognitive
                                                           complexity
                                                           -cosmopolitanism
                                   Global
                                   Knowledge,     Environmental Diversity
                                   skills, &      -driven by
                 Path of           capabilities            -globalization,
                 Results                                   -polarizations of ideologies,
                                                           -cross-border migration,
Copyright, Schon Beechler, 2005.                           Etc.




       But global mindset is only one part of
            global leadership or global
                  competence…
    • Global mindset is the cognitive component, and therefore
      represents potential for global leadership behavior
    • It is the “rear wheel” of the bicycle – you aren’t going to get
      anywhere without it. However, you also need a front wheel -- the
      skills, knowledge and expertise needed to function in the global
      environment. (see next slide)
    • Now, with the front and the rear wheels, you have the potential for
      leadership. But still there is no movement.
    • That potential must be turned into action… a foot must exert
      pressure on the peddles to engage the chain and transform
      potential into action, enabling the bicycle to travel down the path (or
      indeed create a new path) negotiating complexity and diversity and
      deliver results. Both the front and the back wheels must work
      together -- the front wheel (knowledge, skills, capabilities)
      synchronized with the back wheel (global mindset). Now you’re
      cruisin’!




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