Developing Global Executives: The Lessons of International Experience. By Morgan W. McCall Jr. and George P. Hollenbeck, Harvard Business School Press, 259 pages. $29.95.
In a business world in which the march toward globalization seems relentless, it makes eminent sense to try to identify and develop people who can run global divisions and corporations. Developing Global Executives sets out to do that, and sifts through interviews with 101 executives in 16 firms in 36 countries, attempting to find commonalities of experience, outlook, etc.
You have to give the authors credit for the undertaking. McCall, a professor of management at The University of Southern California, and Hollenbeck, a consultant specializing in individual executive coaching, examined people who, collectively, speak every major language and range in position from controller and business unit manager up to president and chairman. Their ages range from 35 to 62.
McCall and Hollenbeck often use "we" to describe their research, which gives the book more of a narrative flavor than a...