“Think globally, act locally” is a phrase many of us grew up hearing. What we weren’t told, however, is how hard it is to accomplish. This work mines the well-researched field of global mindset by exploring the ways global knowledge allows organizations of any size or tenure to become more effective on the global scene. It draws on a case study of an international religious community to show how global partnerships can be improved and how organizational members can grow professionally and personally from a global mindset—even if they never step foot on a plane.
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“In his book, Robert P. French II addresses one of the most controversial topics in global management literature. Based on an extensive review and research, he demonstrates there is still a lot of ambiguity around the conceptualization and operationalization of the “global”. His study provides more theoretical and conceptual clarity to the global mindset concept. Whilst many researchers contextualize the global mindset in the profit sector, French explores and explains it within an organizational context in the non-profit sector. Identifying the global mindset in the context of global relations makes his study unique.”Wim den Dekker, PhDHead of HR Benelux, Lloyd’s Register North Europe“The book addresses an important and under-researched aspect of global mindset understanding and development—specifically, its application in a global non-profit organization with spiritual goals. While development and application of the global mindset in multinational organizations have been addressed recently, its understanding by religious leaders and scholars has not been explored to a similar degree. The book provides a comprehensive review of the literature, addresses the question of mindset, which tends to be overlooked in the discussion of the global mindset, and applies it to a global organization that has been promoting global understanding and cross-cultural competency for thousands of years. [It is a] must-read for scholars of the global mindset, spiritual organizations, cross-cultural management, and organizational studies students and scholars. In addition to the comprehensive summary of current knowledge, new questions have been posed and new areas of knowledge to be addressed are presented. [It is a] wonderful summary of the current state of research and a challenging inquiry into future of knowledge creation.”Natalie Solveig Mikhaylov, PhD Professor, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia“I highly recommend this book about “Global Mindset” as required reading for global leaders of both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Dr French gives the reader several new and very helpful concepts based on unique research, which he has recently completed. Most important to me was discussion of how the global mindset helps a leader be more effective, as well as the relationship between global knowledge and the global mindset. Furthermore, since Dr French’s research was based on a study of the United Methodist denomination, he has given us what I believe is a unique new understanding of the global mindset as it applies to the not-for-profit sector. Up until now, I have seen the majority of research written about the for-profit sector. I look forward to more valuable knowledge shared by this new author over the coming years.”Gary Ranker, PhDGlobal CEO Coach
Robert P. French II holds a PhD in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University, USA, a Master of Theology in World Christianity from the University of Edinburgh, UK, and a Master of Divinity in Global and Contextual Studies from Evangelical Seminary, USA. He is a Lecturer in Culture and Leadership at Evangelical Seminary and an Organizational Leadership faculty member at Colorado State University. He has published widely in academic journals specializing in organizational leadership and World Christianity via a focus on global and contextual studies.