European Journal of International Management (EJIM)
Pre-Publication Conference and Special Issue on Global Leadership
Guest Editors:
Martha Maznevski, IMD, Switzerland
Mark Mendenhall,University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Günter K. Stahl, WU Vienna, Austria, and INSEAD, France and Singapore

The construct of global leadership was born out of the needs of corporations in 
the 1990s to adopt global strategies, expand internationally, and compete in the 
global marketplace (Black, Morrison & Gregersen, 1999;Mendenhall, 2008; Osland 
et al., 2006). Corporations realized that their managerial cadres were not 
prepared to operate in a global business environmentand that people with global 
capabilities were needed to develop and implement new strategic initiatives, and 
as a result, they created company-specific global leadership models to guide 
their management development efforts. Following firms’ needs, scholars began to 
conduct research in this area, and the rate of publication throughout the 1990s 
dramatically increased and this trend has continued to the present.   

Since global leadership is a young field of study, norigorous or collectively 
accepted definition of global leadership has yet emerged (Osland, 2008).  Much 
progress has been made in the field, yet much research remains to be done.  For 
example, there is a need to clarify the construct of global leadership, test 
existing models of global leadership empirically, and develop more robust 
measures of the various dimensions that constitute the multi-dimensional nature 
of the global leadership phenomenon.  To influence the practice of global 
leadership, we must develop richer developmental models of global leadership, 
continue to capture insight from expert global leaders (“positive deviants”) and 
integrate more nuanced insights from these experts into current models.  The 
field must also delineate the relationship between corporate responsibility and 
leadership in the global context, to address issues of overlapping constructs 
and ambiguity in these areas.
The aim of this special issue is to be a conduit for scholars who wish to 
explore the above and related issues in the field.  The editors are especially 
interested in papers that apply unique perspectives and analyses to the 
phenomenon. Qualitative and quantitative approaches are encouraged as well as 
papers that integrate findings in other fields in the social sciences with 
various aspects of the phenomenon of global leadership. 

Subject Coverage
Examples of topics appropriate to the theme of global leadership include:
·         Definition, clarification, and operationalization of the construct of 
global leadership.
·         Psychometric and qualitative assessment and measurement of global 
·         Global leadership competencies.
·         The relationship between global leadership and global talent 

·         Global leadership needs analysis projections across nations, 
governments, and industries.
·         Inductive methodologies aimed at surfacing global leadership knowledge 
from “expert” global leaders.
·         Corporate social responsibility and its connection to global 
leadership:  “responsible global leadership.”
·         Theoretical, conceptual, and empirical investigations of the 
development process of global leadership expertise.
·         The influence of corporate culture on global leadership within a 
firm’s managerial cadre.
·         Analyses of best practices of global leadership development programs.
·         Leading global teams.
·         The role of global leaders in cross-border alliances, mergers and 
·         New theoretical models of global leadership or extensions of existing 
·         Cross-national perceptions of global leadership. 
·         The role of higher education in developing global leaders.
·         Effectiveness of external-to-firm programs in developing global 
leaders (Executive Education, Executive MBA, Custom-Programs).
Pre-Publication Conference and Proposals
In preparation for the special issue, a pre-publication conference will be held 
at IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland) on November 11-12, 2011.  The editors invite you 
to submit proposals for papers for the special issue as a prerequisite for 
conference attendance.
The deadline for submitting paper proposals is May 20, 2011.   See list of 
editors below for submission email addresses.
Paper proposals should not exceed 3,000 words and should be submitted to each of 
the editors as a .pdf or a .doc file. Paper proposals should explain the purpose 
of the paper, theoretical background, the research gap that is addressed, the 
approach taken, the methods of analysis (in empirical papers), main findings, 
and contributions. In addition, it is useful to clearly indicate how the paper 
links with the theme of this Special Issue. Notification of paper proposal 
acceptance for the conference is June 20, 2011.  Once accepted, it is expected 
that authors will write the full paper draft, and submit­ a copy to each of the 
editors by October 1, 2011.
The purpose of the conference is to collectively explore the ideas of the full 
papers submitted for the conference in order to provide authors with useful 
ideas and guidance when fine tuning their papers for submission to the special 
issue.  Global leaders from industry will also attend the conference to provide 
their perspective on our research efforts. 

After the conference, authors will revise their papers, and submit their 
manuscripts to the editors as final paper submissions.
Full Paper Submissions
The final deadline for full manuscript submission for consideration in the 
special issue is February 15, 2012.  It is not necessary to attend the 
conference in order to submit papers for the Special Issue.  Authors who cannot 
attend the conference may submit full papers directly to the editors by the 
final submission deadline.
Notes for Authors
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently 
under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a 
peer review process.  A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant 
information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page 
Summary of Important Dates
Submission Process:
	* Paper proposal submission deadline: May 20, 2011. 
	* Notification of proposal acceptance for conference: June 20, 2011. 
	* Full drafts of the papers for the conference submission deadline: October 1, 

	* Prepublication conference at IMD in Switzerland: November 11-12, 2011 
	* Final full paper submission deadline for the EJIM Special Issue:  February 
15, 2012.
Post-submission review and publication:
	* First reviews completed and papers conditionally selected for special issue: 
May 1, 2012 

	* Authors’ revisions (final papers) submitted: August 1, 2012 
	* Final confirmation of publication: August 15, 2012 
	* Special edition sent to EJIM: September 15, 2012
Editors and Notes
For submissions of proposals (by May 20, 2011) and of final submissions (by 
February 15, 2012), please send one copy in the form of an MS Word or PDF file 
attached to an e-mail (details in Author Guidelines to each of the editors:
Martha Mazenvski
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Günter K. Stahl
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Please also submit final manuscript submissions by February 15, 2012 to EJIM 
Editorial Team at : 

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Please include in your email to EJIM the title of the Special Issue, the title 
of the Journal and the name of the Guest Editors.

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Mendenhall, M.E. (2008).  Leadership and the birth of global leadership.  In 
Mendenhall, M.E., Osland, J.S., Bird, A., Oddou, G.R., & Maznevski, M.L. 
(2008).  Global leadership:  Research, practice, and development. London:  
Osland, J.S. (2008) Overview of the global leadership literature.  In 
Mendenhall, M.E., Osland, J.S., Bird, A., Oddou, G.R., & Maznevski, M.L. 
(2008).  Global leadership:  Research, practice, and development. London:  
Routledge, pp. 34-63.
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leadership capabilities and global mindset: A review.  In G. K. Stahl & I. 
Bjorkman (eds) Handbook of Research in International Human Resource Management.  
Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, pp. 197-222.
   Vlad Vaiman, Ph.D.
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Academic Director, Graduate Programs 
School of Business
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