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You're Invited! March 11, 2021 - IHRM Webinar Series with Sebastian Reiche: How Global Leaders Advance Organizational Goals

  • 1.  You're Invited! March 11, 2021 - IHRM Webinar Series with Sebastian Reiche: How Global Leaders Advance Organizational Goals

    Posted 23 days ago
    (WIth apologies for cross-postings)

    Join us for our next IHRM Webinar that will take place tomorrow, March 11 when our presenter Sebastian Reiche (IESE Business School, Spain), will speak about How Global Leaders Advance Organizational Goals.

    Global Start Times:

    08:30 – 09:30 PST (Vancouver, Los Angeles)
    11:30 -12:30 EST (Toronto, New York)
    16:30 – 17:30 GMT (London)
    17:30 -18:30 CET (Berlin, Paris)

    Find your local time here

    Registration: The event is free and open to anyone who is interested but you must register to receive the link for attending. Please register here

    Event access: The event will be hosted on Zoom. An access link will be emailed to all registered, prior to the event start.

    How Global Leaders Advance Organizational Goals: The Power of Downward Deference

    Positional power is an integral element to achieve organizational goals. At the same time, there are important limits to formal hierarchy when it comes to advancing organizational goals, for example as leaders seek to penetrate and cultivate non-native markets where they have limited expertise. However, we know little about how global leaders get their work done. The presentation will advance our understanding of global leadership, positional power, and social distance, by drawing on results from a recent study that theorizes about how people with positional power enact downward deference−a practice of lowering oneself to be equal to that of lower power workers. An analysis of 115 top global leaders at a large U.S. company revealed that some leaders enacted downward deference when they recognized that they had less expertise, networks, and influence relative to their local subordinates. This manifested in two ways:

    1. attempts to reduce social distance, which involved seeking connection, earning trust, and participating in adjacent collaboration with local subordinates; 
    2. yielding to subordinates' expertise by privileging their judgment, transferring influence to them, and conforming to their local hierarchical expectations.

    Supplementary quantitative analyses showed that previous experiences in foreign cultures, both in terms of total time spent abroad and exposure to cultures that were distant from their own, correlated with adopting downward deference. Those leaders also had higher job performance ratings and were promoted to higher executive levels over time compared to their counterparts who did not practice downward deference.

    About the speaker:

    Sebastian Reiche (Ph.D., University of Melbourne, Australia) is a Professor of People Management at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. At IESE, he serves as Associate Director of Faculty, Academic Director of the Program for Management Development, and is a member of the Academic Committee for Executive Education.

    Sebastian is an expert on the forms, prerequisites, and consequences of global work, international HRM, global leadership, and knowledge transfer. His work has appeared in leading scholarly outlets, including Academy of Management DiscoveriesAcademy of Management JournalJournal of International Business StudiesJournal of Management StudiesOrganization Science, and Personnel Psychology, among others. Sebastian's contributions have been acknowledged by the International HRM Scholarly Research Award of the Academy of Management in two consecutive years and the Journal of International Business Silver Medal, and have featured in the international press, including The EconomistFinancial TimesBBC Capital, and Forbes. He has co-edited Readings and Cases in International Human Resource Management (6th edition, Routledge) and International Human Resource Management (5th edition, Sage). In addition, he serves as Associate Editor of Human Resource Management Journal and co-editor of Advances in Global Leadership.

    Sebastian has consulted with companies such as SAP, Haier, Wacker, and Puig, and has designed, directed, and delivered Custom Executive Education programs for a number of companies, including Boehringer Ingelheim, Deloitte, Allied Irish Banks, and Rijk Zwaan. Sebastian advises start-ups in the human capital space and regularly blogs on the topic of global work (http://blog.iese.edu/expatriatus).

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    This session will be moderated by Maja Vidovic, Assistant Teaching Professor of Human Resource Management at the Penn State Center for International Human Resource Studies (CIHRS).
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    About the Series

    This event is part of an IHRM Webinar Series, organized by the Centre for Global Workforce Strategy at Simon Fraser University (Canada), the Penn State Center for International Human Resource Studies (USA), and ESCP Business School (Europe).

    Previous installments of the IHRM Webinar Series are available online on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI3uDE804yRCetx-NC9OWrw. Don't forget to subscribe!



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    Miguel R. Olivas-Lujan, Ph.D.; MED division Past Chair
    Professor & former Chair, Management & Marketing dept.
    Clarion U. of Pennsylvania; Clarion, PA USA 16214 Professor (Teaching, HR) & Associate Director, CIHRS
    Penn State U., University Park, PA 16802
    Senior Editor, Advanced Series in Management
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