Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management, Hosts Global Mindset Project for World's Top Experts, November 10-12 at Glendale, AZ

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Fifty of the world’s top experts in global management will gather at Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management Glendale campus November 10th to 12th, as part of the “Global Mindset Project”

Fifty of the world’s top experts in global management will gather at Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management Glendale campus, November 10th to 12th, as part of the “Global Mindset Project,” conceived and run by Thunderbird faculty.

This is an ambitious, cutting-edge effort to identify and measure the global perspective that is critical to success in today’s business environment. For additional information, please contact Mansour Javidan, Director of the Garvin Center for Languages and Cultures of International Management and chair of the Global Mindset Project, 602-978-7013.

“With this research, senior executives can assess how global their staff is, what traits and skill sets they need to improve, and what it takes to succeed in the global business environment,” Javidan remarked. “So far, our researchers have interviewed Thunderbird alumni in nearly 20 cities around the world to gather information on how a global mindset is developed.”

“While there is much discussion of the importance of a global mindset in international management, there is surprisingly little research on the subject,” said Thunderbird President Angel Cabrera. “By identifying and measuring the skills and personality traits that define success in global business, we can help companies assess their global readiness and become more competitive in the global business arena.”

“Organizations today require leaders who know how to get things done, who are skilled at cutting through red tape and at finding innovative solutions to complex global problems," Deborrah M. Himsel, Global Organization Development Consultant for Thunderbird and author "Leadership Sopranos Style," stated.

World-renowned experts from such leading international business schools as Beijing University, University of Nebraska, National University of Singapore, Florida International, University of Illinois, Pepperdine, Tel-Aviv University, Duke, Israel University of Technology, Sabanci University, Columbia Business School and the University of Michigan will gather at Thunderbird to discuss the concept and present major papers on the subject.

According to Cabrera, this project has begun to create a picture of the truly global business practitioner. In addition to Javidan, Himsel and Cabrera, Mary Teagarden, co-chair of the Global Mindset Conference, and Thunderbird professors Olufemi Babarinde, Karen Walch, Chris Pearson, Jutta Ulrich, David Bowen and Nandani Lynton, will be among the expert panelists.

In the coming months, researchers are planning a large scale survey of managers and executives who work in international settings, asking them to catalog the attributes of a person with a “global mindset.” Preliminary research results from the international survey project will be available early in 2006. The group plans to hold an HR Summit on Global Mindset shortly after the survey is completed inviting nearly 100 senior HR professionals involved in international issues to Thunderbird.


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