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Fall/Winter 2012 (November 2012)

Developing Global Leaders: A Guide to Managing Effectively in Unfamiliar Places


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November 2012

Developing Global Leaders: A Guide to Managing Effectively in Unfamiliar PlacesBy Bob Johnson and Rob Oberwise’67

Palgrave Macmillan

New York, N.Y., 2012

With decades of international business experience under their belts, Bob Johnson and Rob Oberwise’67 offer a how-to guide for executives heading abroad. It is, they write, the book they wish they could have read before working in developing countries.

Using personal stories to illustrate their points, Johnson and Oberwise stress the significance of learning about a destination’s interpersonal cultural norms, religion, and political history. When it comes to management, the two offer their insights on everything from hiring practices to negotiating and, overall, the importance of listening carefully.

Oberwise is the CEO and managing partner of Executive Partners, a business consulting firm focusing on “global transformational strategy and operational excellence consultancy” for domestic and international businesses; clients include everyone from Fortune 500 firms to government and educational institutions.

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