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How to Lead in a Globalized World

The global economy has dramatically increased the complexity and ambiguity of organizations. Additionally, leaders in a globalized world have to constantly maintain an awareness of increasing environmental complexity. This complexity fuels conflicts, both within and external to the organization. Leaders have to be more aware of interpersonal and intercultural behavioral issues. They have to manage multiple viewpoints and perspectives from different countries and cultures. Leaders must be flexible, responsive to true differences in problem-solving among countries, and able to learn from mistakes and to balance shorter- and longer-term objectives. The leader in a globalized world must embrace a workforce that no longer has work as a central live interest. While employees demand to be part of the organizational decision-making process and want to be vested in organizational outcomes, they increasingly demand a work structure and environment that complements their personal lifestyles — an employee’s commitment to the organization is often moderated by their commitment to their family or community. Consequently, leaders need to…

Business Drivers

Dean Jim Brodzinski Leads the College’s Global Strategy The hallways and classrooms of Urschel Hall are bustling with students and professors from around the world. A student who hails from Munster, Ind. may have a group project with students from Chicago, Saudi Arabia, Germany, and China for a course taught by a professor from India. And this is not a coincidence. “Global business permeates our entire curriculum,” says Jim Brodzinski, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business. When Valpo students graduate, they are prepared to collaborate with and lead colleagues in businesses and corporations worldwide. The College prepares students to be ethically and globally engaged leaders as students and professors discern global challenges in the classroom. “Our international students comprise a significant portion of the College’s student body. This helps facilitate discussion about issues that face businesses on a global scale,” Dean Brodzinski says. “It is not simply a theoretical classroom exercise.” Recently, the College hired five additional faculty members with international experience…