Global Cosmopolitans: The Creative Edge of Difference


As globalization creates the need for leaders who transcend national borders, this book provides an insider's view of what makes them special. This is the first book to present a framework for understanding this fast-growing and influential group and it provides tools for readers to discover their own inner competitive edge.

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As globalization creates the need for leaders who transcend national borders, this book provides an insider's view of what makes them special. This is the first book to present a framework for understanding this fast-growing and influential group and it provides tools for readers to discover their own inner competitive edge.

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"This is a must read book for anyone interested in globalization or, more precisely, how we can develop the 'global mind.' This book should be required reading for every MBA and anyone who would claim to be a 'world citizen.'" —Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business and author of the recently published Still Surprised - A Memoir of a Life in Leadership

"This book presents a whole new concept of careers and, thereby, becomes one of the most important career development books published in the last decade. If we believe in a growing globalism, then it becomes essential to understand global cosmopolitans. This book is a clear and powerful presentation of the many young men and women who make up this new population. This is a must read for managers and human resource professionals." —Ed Schein, Professor Emeritus, MIT Sloan School of Management

"Global Cosmopolitans is a ground-breaking book that puts the spotlight on a very unique and important segment of the population, namely business leaders who embody multiple cultures and are uniquely qualified to lead in a multi-cultural global world. The book is a terrific blend of solid academic empirical and conceptual work, along with a handbook for helping global cosmopolitans reach their full potential." —Noel Tichy, Professor, University of Michigan and co-author with Warren Bennis of Judgement - How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls

"Linda Brimm offers a novel and insightful investigation of the developmental experiences of people in the corporate world whose life histories cross cultures and national borders. Written in lucid and highly readable prose, this book is filled with carefully-observed stories of the people she has studied. It also considers practical means to maximize and make use of the strengths such people bring to their workplaces." —Ruthellen Josselson, Ph.D., author of Playing Pygmalion: How People Create One Another

"It is important for today’s organizations that face change and diversity at their center of management challenges to understand and maximize the value that Global Cosmopolitans can contribute. Linda Brimm’s book, Global Cosmopolitans, provides the compelling frameworks and stories to address this key issue. The book is provocative and insightful. It is a must-read."—W.Chan Kim, Professor of INSEAD and Co-director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute

"Crossing cultures to communicate or do business with people whose identities are different from your own is now commonplace. If you have not yet met someone who could be identified as a global cosmopolitan, you will in due time. Linda Brimm smartly explores the complexity that exists among people whose identities and skills have been shaped by their global experiences, making this book interesting and relevant for anyone engaged in a multicultural business environment." —Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Renault-Nissan Alliance

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230230781
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Series: INSEAD Business Press Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,344,099
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Brimm is a Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behavior at INSEAD, teaching both in the MBA and executive programs. Along with her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Brimm created and runs the psychological service for the MBA program at INSEAD. Trained as a clinical psychologist, she also works with both individuals and families at a center she co-founded in Paris to serve the English-speaking community in France. Dr. Brimm's research and consulting interests focus on the application of clinical concepts to organizational behavior and management. Her current research focus includes a project studying Global Cosmopolitans that combines her study of identity development and change in the lives of the next generation of global leaders and the use of narrative writing and analysis.

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Table of Contents




Part I Global Cosmopolitans; Meeting the Masters of Complexity

1 Introducing Global Cosmopolitans 3

2 Inside the New Global Cosmopolitan Generation 17

3 Learning from a Global Life: Developing the Creative Edge of Difference 35

Part II The Invisible Journey: The Roots of Strength and Resilience

4 Life Challenges and the Road to Identity 57

5 Relationship Challenges: Invisible Rules, Silent Voices 76

6 Relationship Challenges: Connection and Disconnection 95

Part III The Invisible Journey: New Pathways to Growth

7 Paradoxical Needs: Finding the Roots of Challenges 115

8 Two-Edged Swords of Mobility: When Strenghts Create New Challenges 129

Part IV Moving Forward: Bringing the Invisible Journey out of the Dark

9 Moving Forward: A Portrait of Two Crucial Decades 147

10 Global Cosmopolitans: Unlocking the Power of Stories 167

The Global Cosmopolitan Workbook 189

Notes 239

Bibliography 243

Index 247

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