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Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739
Incorporates: Participation and Empowerment: An International Journal

Online from: 1980

Subject Area: Organization Studies

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Top executives' international expertise commitment: exploring potential antecedents

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Title:Top executives' international expertise commitment: exploring potential antecedents
Author(s):Tejinder K. Billing, (Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, The Rohrer College of Business, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, USA), Debmalya Mukherjee, (Department of Management, College of Business Administration, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, USA), Ben L. Kedia, (Robert Wang Center for International Business Education and Research, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, USA), Somnath Lahiri, (Department of Management and Quantitative Methods, College of Business, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA)
Citation:Tejinder K. Billing, Debmalya Mukherjee, Ben L. Kedia, Somnath Lahiri, (2010) "Top executives' international expertise commitment: exploring potential antecedents", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 31 Iss: 8, pp.687 - 704
Keywords:Globalization, International business, Organizational performance, Senior management, Skills
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/01437731011094757 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The authors acknowledge the support provided by University of Memphis CIBER in collecting data for this study. An older version of this manuscript was presented at the Academy of International Business annual meeting, 2006, Beijing, China.

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the immediate antecedents of top executives' international expertise commitment. More specifically, the study focuses on the impact of top management characteristics and the international business performance of firms on top management's commitment to developing international expertise in their workforce.

Design/methodology/approach – Primary data were collected targeting the top executives of Fortune 500 and INC 500 firms. The final dataset contained responses from 111 top executives.

Findings – The results of the study show that top executives' international experience, perceived importance of international business in career progression, and past, present, and future business performance are positively related to international expertise commitment.

Practical implications – The findings provide implications for top management hiring decisions. Organizations embarking on the creation of a workforce with international expertise should consider hiring top executives who possess considerable international experience and who perceive international business as an important component in their career progression.

Originality/value – Organizational researchers have devoted very little research attention to exploring what drives top managers to remain committed to developing/acquiring international expertise. This study attempts to fill the void in the extant literature by exploring the immediate predictors and their relative influence on top executives' international expertise commitment.

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