How global leaders learn from international experience: Reviewing and advancing global leadership development.

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International experience (IE) has been acknowledged to be the most useful method for developing global leaders. However, not everyone benefits equally from IE. During the last two decades, our understanding of why this is the case and how global leaders learn from IE has rapidly increased. Several individual and organizational enablers facilitating global leader learning from IE have been identified in the literature, as have learning mechanisms that make such learning possible. However, the literature remains fragmented, and there is a great need to integrate the findings in the field. Therefore, the present paper systematically examines peer-reviewed studies on global leaders' learning from IE published between 1998 and 2019. The study contributes to the extant literature by identifying and integrating individual enablers, organizational enablers, and key learning mechanisms from global leaders' IE and by suggesting topics for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Global Leadership
EditorsJoyce S. Osland, Betina Szkudlarek, Mark E. Mendenhall, B. Sebastian Reiche
Number of pages44
Place of PublicationBingley
Publication date2020
EditionFirst edition
ISBN (Print)978-1-83909-593-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-83909-594-8, 978-1-83909-592-4
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameAdvances in Global Leadership
ISSN (Print)1535-1203


  • 512 Business and Management
  • global leader
  • global leadership development
  • developmental method
  • international experience
  • learning process
  • learning mechanism

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Leading for growth and well-being


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