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Leading Global Organizations: Managing the Complex Challenges of Globalization

Leading Global Organizations: Managing the Complex Challenges of Globalization

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Leading Global Organizations: Managing the Complex Challenges of Globalization


Globalization has fostered an increasingly interconnected world, with nearly $20 trillion in goods and services traded and more than $1 trillion in global corporate investment each year. Managers clearly see the potential for profit in global markets; and for many companies, globalization is increasingly a strategic imperative. Despite its substantial promise, the reality is that globalization is also rife with hazards. It presents risks that managers often fail to appreciate and that they sometimes overlook. As a result, global profitability often disappoints. In order to convert globalization’s potential into profits, executives need a new set of tools that will allow them to effectively identify global opportunities and better manage the risks present in dynamic global markets.

Combining lecture, discussion, case analyses and group exercises, this short course develops participants' ability to strategically navigate a rapidly changing global business climate. Participants will learn a variety of analytical frameworks related to global expansion and multinational management, and apply these frameworks to address important global challenges. Additionally, participants will focus on specific skills needed to lead international organizations and teams. They will examine global leadership styles that are most effective, both locally and globally; learn how to coordinate and collaborate with colleagues around the world; and understand how countries’ differing institutional environments pose unique challenges to international managers.

Certificates and Credits

Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement. This program is also eligible for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits through NASBA.

Program Takeaways

During this course, participants will:

  • Global Leadership

    Develop skills that help executives think globally, and identify leadership styles that are most effective in different countries
  • Global Strategy

    Optimize international operations and overcome risks associated with globalization
  • Analytical Frameworks

    Apply analytical frameworks related to global expansion and global management in order to address global challenges and opportunities

Who Should Attend

Although there are no formal education or background requirements, this course is designed for executives who meet the criteria below. While we strongly encourage global participation, please note that all courses are taught in English. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

  • Years of Experience

    This course is designed for professionals with 5+ years of work experience
  • Job Functions

    Ideal for executives at multinational corporations or in industries with global markets such as bankers, consultants, risk managers and technology start-up executives
  • Prerequisites

    Intended for individuals with existing leadership responsibilities within a global team or organization, or who will be leading global expansion within their team or organization


The following agenda is a sample and subject to change.

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast

Session 1: Globalization

  • Definitions and frameworks
  • Assessing your own personal globalization
  • How companies participate in globalization

Session 2: Global Expansion Decisions

  • Global expansion exercise
  • Identifying opportunity in global markets
  • Assessing globalization opportunities

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: Lunch

Session 3: Global Entry Modes

  • Entry mode group exercise
  • Trade-offs among entry modes

Session 4: Managing the Multinational

  • Entry mode decisions
  • Globalization versus localization tradeoffs
  • Subsidiary roles and global management structures

    4:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Day 1 Conclusion and Evaluations


    8:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast

    Session 5: Globalization and Institutional Environments

    • Introduction to cultural, political, and economic institutions
    • Understanding institutional differences and institutional risks
    • Understanding the Liability of foreignness

    Session 6: Cultural, Political and Economic Institutions

    • Managing across cultures
    • Managing across political environments
    • Managing across economic environments

      12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: Lunch

      Session 7: Globalization and Institutional Risk

      • Pricing institutional risk
      • Managing institutional risk
      • Using institutional risk measures to better manage globalization

      Session 8: Global Risk Working Session

      • Group exercise
      • Course wrap-up

      4:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Program Conclusion and Evaluations