Intercultural Leadership Essay

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Journal of International Business and Cultural Studies

Educating global leaders: Exploring intercultural competence in leadership education
Irving, Justin A.
Bethel University
Abstract
The globalization of the world has brought about massive shifts over the past two decades. With the increase of international travel, the quantum leaps in global communication brought about by the World Wide Web and the increasingly interdependent global economy, the way leaders and organizations approach business has dramatically changed. While intercultural competence was once viewed as something only necessary for those engaged in direct international relations, today organizations face a need to equip the majority of their leaders and
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Such “advances in technology and improvements in telecommunication and transportation have enabled societies to quickly and easily learn about and from others” (House, Javidan, Hanges, & Dorfman, 2002, p. 3). Pointing to this experience of globalization at a corporate level of analysis, Javidan, Stahl, Brodbeck, and
Wilderom (2005) note that cross-border transactions have exploded over the past 20 years along with the rapid globalization of economic activity. Supporting this, Kumar (2002) notes that worldwide foreign direct investment in 2000 was over $1,270 billion compared with $55 billion early in the 1980s. Over this same time period, international technology payments rose from $7.5

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Journal of International Business and Cultural Studies billion to over $60 billion (Javidan, Stahl, Brodbeck, & Wilderon), providing further evidence of the explosive influence of globalization on the world of business.
In a treatment of negotiation in cross-cultural contexts, Beneke (1983) provides an early look at globalization trends. In this work, Beneke cautions the international business traveler to not mistake the presence of touristic fares that make people feel at home with a universally homogeneous global culture. As the author of this article has

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