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To succeed at globalization, businesses need efficient teams operating at their peak worldwide. Global teams struggle with geography, time differences, and cultural and linguistic barriers. Their companies often must reconcile these teams’ divergent worldwide and local or national goals. Leadership expert Jo Owen explains that while senior executives tend to see global goals as paramount, team members also face local and national priorities. Owen’s fascinating and quite specific manual, while somewhat repetitive, includes a wealth of relevant details. getAbstract recommends his useful handbook to senior managers and global team leaders.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What challenges global teams face,
  • How to lead global teams and
  • What skills managers need to make globalization work for their teams and their organizations.  

About the Author

Jo Owen is the award-winning author of 15 books, an entrepreneur and a frequent speaker on leadership. He built and led firms in Japan, Europe and North America. For this book, he worked with and researched more than 100 of the best organizations – and one or two of the worst.   



To succeed in a globalized company, managers must create and lead efficient teams that operate at their peak worldwide. In the past, common managerial wisdom in the West promoted adopting Western management practices everywhere as the road to globalization. The emergence of Japan as a leading economic power invalidated this idea. Now, with the growth of China and India, managers must confront distinctly different local ways of doing things and still achieve their international corporate goals.

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