Meeting the challenges of effective international HRM: Analysis of the antecedents of global mindset

Joana S.P. Story, John E. Barbuto, Fred Luthans, James A. Bovaird

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The full force of globalization has hit today's organizations, and it is clear that there are many cultural and human problems. International human resource management (IHRM) is being asked to better understand and develop multinational organizational leaders to meet the challenges. A prominent solution that is receiving increased attention is the construct of global mindset, which has growing rhetoric but little research support. To help fill this need, after first theoretically framing global mindset as made up of one's cultural intelligence and global business orientation, this study identifies and empirically tests some theory-driven antecedents. Utilizing a diverse sample (N = 136) of global leaders of a well-known multinational, we found that personal, psychological, and role complexity antecedents were related to the participants' level of global mindset. The practical implications of these findings for effective international human resource management conclude the article.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-155
Number of pages25
JournalHuman Resource Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • Global mindset
  • International management
  • Psychological capital
  • Role complexity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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