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Global Identity Tensions for Global Leaders

Advances in Global Leadership

ISBN: 978-1-83867-075-7, eISBN: 978-1-83867-074-0

ISSN: 1535-1203

Publication date: 18 November 2019


A consequence of globalization is the deterritorialization of space, place, and territory, as well as culture and identity. Focusing on identity-in-context within externally imposed, integral, and multilevel changes, a review of contemporary and post-modern literature contributes an expanding and fluid, albeit insufficient, trajectory for global identity development. Building on this earlier work, this paper offers a model of global identity, provoked by and responding to four key tensions salient to global leaders in the deterritorialized environment. Using a developmental paradigm, the expanded conceptualization comprises a re-constructive, developmental process of global identity, multidimensional identities as a constellation enabling spanning and navigating porous boundaries, an interdependency construct of relational belonging that transcends geography, and a sense of advocacy for extended global responsibility. Transformational opportunities for global identity development and future research are suggested.



Curran, K.A. (2019), "Global Identity Tensions for Global Leaders", Advances in Global Leadership (Advances in Global Leadership, Vol. 12), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 109-123.



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