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Elio Borgonovi - Dean
Globalization requires managers who have the culture and the professionality to understand the rules of global competition and who have some common managerial tools, but who are at the same time really rooted in their social and economic environment and history. Global management does not mean standardized, uniform management.
1. The (business) world is changing rapidly. Does globalization mean, too, that we need a new kind of "global" manager?

Globalization requires managers who have the culture and the professionality to understand the rules of global competition and who have some common managerial tools, but who are at the same time really rooted in their social and economic environment and history. Global management does not mean standardized, uniform management.

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2. If so, what does he look like? Is the manager of the future a sort of global nomad, working with his laptop in hotel rooms and airport lounges, living some years at one place on the earth, some years at another?

No, I think that a real and effective manager also in the future will be a person able to establish, manage and nurture human relations. He/She will be a leader assisted by new technologies that help to save time and to move more rapidly around the world either physically or virtually.

4. Will we have a very tiny elite of truly "global" top managers and a more "national" middle management? In other words: Do we tend towards a two-class manager system?

It's difficult to answer this question. Probably for some years we'll have two-class managers (global and national) but rapidly there will be a contamination effect. Most future managers should be ready to work either in a global environment or in a local one depending on their responsibilities and roles (which will change more rapidly than in the past) in their companies.

5. As a business school, how do you see your role in shaping the world of tomorrow?

First of all I want to be more precise. We consider ourselves not simply a business school, but rather a management school in a wider sense. This is because we develop management education for business companies, for public administration, for non profit organization. We hope that future managers will be not only high-level professionals but also wise persons who are willing to contribute not only to increase the wealth of their companies and nations, but also to increase the quality of life of an increasing share of world population. Our school is really aware of its mission to prepare such kind of people.

6. If you wish to add something relevant to this subject, please feel free to do so.

Yes, I think that we all must remind managers that competition and efficiency are a means and not a goal. Cooperative management is quite different, and probably more effective a model, than competitive management.
Dieser Artikel ist erschienen am 23.02.2001