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Dr. Christian Koenig - Director of MBA Program
Globalization does not exist without deep local roots. The problem is how to coordinate best local and global approaches.
1. The (business) world is changing rapidly. Does globalization mean, too, that we need a new kind of "global" manager?

Globalization does not exist without deep local roots. The problem is how to coordinate best local and global approaches.

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What is important is coordination and management decision processes, but also how resources are allocated.

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?

The manager as a " global nomad " : This is a myth, the manager of the future will always need strong ties with a fixed point. He will be all the more mobile if he has deep roots in some local points.

3. What are the qualifications of the Manager of Tomorrow? His talents, language skills etc.?

Qualifications of the manager of tomorrow : Managers must be actors, able to give sense in very diverse environments. This means that he or she must have good knowledge of various civilisations, history, sociology.

Regarding language, english is of course a must, but being fluent in two or three other languages is a definite asset and managerial advantage.

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

Role of a business school : Develop communities of learning, thanks to the full use of available technologies which allow people located in different countries, to work together.

At ESSEC, we developped quite a few communities of learning in business simulations, international negociation, international finance, etc... We also created joint learning with several other European partners. "
Dieser Artikel ist erschienen am 23.02.2001