Developing Leaders’ Strategic Thinking through Global Work Experience: The Moderating Role of Cultural Distance

Journal of Applied Psychology, Forthcoming

50 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2014

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Lisa Dragoni

Cornell University - School of Industrial and Labor Relations

In‐Sue Oh

Temple University - Department of Human Resource Management

Paul E. Tesluk

University of Maryland

Ozias Moore

Cornell University

Paul VanKatwyk

Korn Ferry

Joy Hazucha

Korn/Ferry International

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

To respond to the challenge of how organizations can develop leaders who can think strategically, we investigate the relation of leaders’ global work experiences — that is, those experiences that require the role incumbent to transcend national boundaries — to their competency in strategic thinking. We further examine how leaders’ exposure to a country whose culture is quite distinct from the culture of their own country (i.e., one that is culturally distant) may moderate these relationships. Our analyses of 231 upper-level leaders reveals that the time they have spent in global work experiences positively relates to their strategic thinking competency, particularly for leaders who have had exposure to a more culturally distant country. We discuss these findings in light of the research on international work experiences and leader development.

Keywords: leader development, international work experiences

Suggested Citation

Dragoni, Lisa and Oh, In-Sue and Tesluk, Paul E. and Moore, Ozias and VanKatwyk, Paul and Hazucha, Joy, Developing Leaders’ Strategic Thinking through Global Work Experience: The Moderating Role of Cultural Distance (2013). Journal of Applied Psychology, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2401648

Lisa Dragoni (Contact Author)

Cornell University - School of Industrial and Labor Relations ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853-3901
United States

In-Sue Oh

Temple University - Department of Human Resource Management ( email )

1801 Liacouras Walk
Alter Hall 343
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.fox.temple.edu/mcm_people/in-sue-oh/

Paul E. Tesluk

University of Maryland ( email )

College Park
College Park, MD 20742
United States

Ozias Moore

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

Paul VanKatwyk

Korn Ferry ( email )

Joy Hazucha

Korn/Ferry International ( email )

Los Angeles, CA 90067
United States

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