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Here Be Paradox: How Global Business Leaders Navigate Change

Advances in Global Leadership

ISBN: 978-1-78754-298-3, eISBN: 978-1-78754-297-6

Publication date: 26 November 2018


Although managing global change is one of the key competencies demanded of global leaders, it is one of the most under-researched topics in the field (Lane, Spector, Osland, & Taylor, 2014). This chapter shares findings from a recent qualitative study that examined how global business leaders navigate complex global changes. Data were collected from 23 global business executives working for 20 unique global enterprises, in 12 different functions, through a pre-interview participant qualifying profile, an in-depth semi-structured interview, and follow-up verification. Findings reveal that global business executives are contextual leaders who juggle both global task and global relationship complexities. The paradox is the process they employ to navigate continuous change, enabled by sensemaking. Finally, as agile learners, they prove that the global leadership capabilities required to navigate paradox can be learned.



Nelson, J.A. (2018), "Here Be Paradox: How Global Business Leaders Navigate Change", Advances in Global Leadership (Advances in Global Leadership, Vol. 11), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 3-30.



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